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Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... understand how natural selection changes the frequency of traits in a population
  • ... understand how selection pressures affect individuals in a population.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... identify five main causes of evolution
  • ... simulate the processes of natural selection.

Teacher content information:

Lord Howe Island is approximately 600km east of Port Macquarie in NSW. It is a World Heritage site with high biodiversity, including seabird nesting sites, flightless birds such as the Lord Howe Woodhen, and the world’s rarest insect, the Lord Howe Island Phasmid. Approximately 75% of Lord Howe Island’s original natural vegetation remains intact and undisturbed. Likewise, its beaches, coral reef and marine environment are pristine. These conditions make Lord Howe Island an excellent place to observe evolution, in particular: natural selection, speciation, and the impact of introduced species on nativ


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