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Theory Development: Evolution

Time Frame:
2 class periods that run 60 minutes each.

Group Size:


Students will use a textbook to trace the scientific development of a theory. They will then create visuals, which represent the development of that theory.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Biology
Standard 5 Objective 2

Cite evidence for changes in populations over time and use concepts of evolution to explain these changes.



Background For Teachers:

The purpose of this project is for students to learn the major tenants of Evolution. They will also learn how a theory develops and how it is influenced by technology. Students will apply the scientific method to actual events in the development of the theory. They will do this by researching using their books and they display their knowledge visually in a poster.

Duration: 2 class periods 50 minutes each.

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students need no prior knowledge. This is a good introductory activity to Evolution and the nature of science.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Obtain needed supplies.
  2. Find the sections in your textbook which cover the nature of science (usually the first chapter) and the sections on the development of the theory of evolution.
  3. Fill in the page numbers on the student sheets.
  4. Give students the student sheet and allow them to read through the activity.
  5. Go through the examples with the students.
  6. Allow students time to complete the assignment.
  7. Have students present their posters to you.

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Created Date :
Dec 08 2014 08:50 AM