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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

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Can Wildlife Adapt to Climate Change?

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  • This resource highlights the need for humans to preserve natural habitats and the genetic diversity of wild populations in order to help plants and animals cope with climate change. 
  • Students will learn about several species that are already adapting to their changing climate but not all species have the space, time, or genetic diversity to evolve. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video includes engaging graphics that help bring life to the topics presented. 
  • This resource highlights specific populations of species that are evolving to adapt, which helps make these concepts easier to comprehend. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may benefit students to have some background knowledge about evolution before beginning this video. 
  • Students may need a free account in order to access some features of this resource. 
  • This video includes two brief ads. 


  • Biology classes could use this resource while further discussing evolution and also why genetic diversity continues to be such an important topic for biologists. 
  • Students could work in groups to research additional species that have undergone adaptive evolution. 
  • After learning that not all species have the "evolutionary arsenal" to deal with climate change, students could do projects offering solutions that will benefit those species. 
  • Students could also view this LabXchange video to learn about biogeography and about how biodiversity occurs.
  • To connect this lesson with ethics and social studies classes for high school students, consider having them read this article about the loss of wild species, watch this video about natural climate solutions and then this video about the Anthropocene. Students can then write a reflection paper.
  • This podcast also addresses animals' abilities to evolve in order to address climate change.
Scientist Notes
The video critically illustrates biodiversity conservation and the need to improve efforts for our flora and fauna to adapt to climate change. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Science and Engineering
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
    • LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
      • HS-LS3-1 Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.
    • LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
      • 3-LS3-2 Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • 3-LS4-2 Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
      • MS-LS4-6 Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time.
      • HS-LS4-2 Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment.
      • HS-LS4-4 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.
      • HS-LS4-5 Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6-8.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
      • SL.9-12.1 Prepare for and participate in conversations across a range of topics, types, and forums, building on others' ideas and expressing their own.
      • SL.9-12.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
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