Evolution: The Beak of the Finch – Day 1

After some great discussion around evolution, pseudogenes, and the reactivation of the gene encoding teeth in chickens, we started off the lesson with a TED Talk from Jack Horner: Building a dinosaur from a chicken.  Students engaged in a spirited debate about the ethical considerations around tinkering with genetics.  We then transitioned to the HHMI Biointeractive video: The Beak of the Finch.  Students received a copy of the student quiz to work on in class and to either take home and complete as homework (for students taking the AP History exam tomorrow) or to complete in class tomorrow.