Alien Fitness

Activity Summary
In order for an organism to succeed in its environment, it must have certain traits that will allow it to survive. This same concept is true for introduced species as well. When an introduction occurs, the organism must have traits that will allow it to establish itself and colonize the local area. This activity is meant to have students think critically about the certain
phenotypic traits that would be necessary to survive on an alien planet. In doing so, students will build on the knowledge base of how species are best suited to reproduce and adapt to their surroundings and pass on those traits.

Grade Levels

Learning Objectives
1. Recognize traits necessary for an organism to survive in its environment
2. Describe the concepts of natural selection and adaptation
3. Identify factors which influence an organism’s overall fitness

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Lesson Plans

adaptation, fitness, traits

Last updated: 3/9/2015

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