Well, I actually learned a lot about evolution. I honestly do not remember being taught this when I was in high school in the 90's. Yikes. The biggest take away I had was that evolution explains both the similarities and differences of genetic material across all species. I also learned that DNA is used and is still being used to compare species.
I Knew: I recalled much more about natural selection and adaptations. I knew that some living things resemble extinct plants and animals. Natural selection occurs to eventually lead to adaptations that happen over generations to increase survival of a species.
I didn't notice a link for the standard, DCI, SEP, and CCC for Biological Evolution so I put it here:
*3-LS4-1 Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.
*SEP: Analyzing and Interpreting Data
During and after a fossil investigation, students will use data to determine meaning. They will interpret what the data tells them and provide evidence of organisms and the environments from long ago.
*DCI: LS4.A- Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
During the fossil inquiry, students will examine fossils of an extinct species and interpret data to realize that the extinct species resembles living things. The fossil inquiry will also provide data for the environment in which the animals lived in long ago.
CCC: Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
This concept is about size, timespan, and energy. This standard will mostly address timespan which is long or short periods of time. The fossil inquiry is about a very long time ago with extinct animals. Students will need to understand how long ago it was and compare it with their current time.