Activity Introduction

dinosaur-heroQuick summary: Students create a website that visually describes aspects of evolution, including natural selection, the fossil record, speciation, the role of DNA in understanding evolution, and the work of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace. Students are asked to identify the issues relating to evolution that interest them the most, and work in groups to create website assets that communicate the issue they are interested in. Students will need to present their website to teachers and peers for feedback, and then incorporate any changes into their website.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise a range of theories supporting evolution.
  • Students understand the value of representing scientific ideas through a range of different visual mediums.

21st century skills:

evolution website skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content description:

Year 10 Science

  • The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence (ACSSU185)
  • The transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next involves DNA and genes (ACSSU184)

Syllabus OutcomesSC5-14LW

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.

Relevant parts of Year 10 Science achievement standards: Students explain the processes that underpin heredity and evolution.

Topic: Evolution.

Time required: 60+ mins; this activity can be extended over several sessions.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity.

Resources required: Internet access, website/blog (e.g. WordPress or Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Evolution Website Assessment Rubric. In addition students may need a range of resources to create website assets, such as cameras, tablets, computers, editing programs for video and audio assets, desktop publishing program, access to programs such as Piktochart, Prezi, Green Screen app etc.

Digital technology opportunities: Blog/website creation, digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: Evolution, website, fossil record, natural selection, speciation, homologous, analogous, DNA, Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

darwin-heroTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: By participating in this activity students will recognise a range of theories supporting evolution, and understand the value of representing scientific ideas through a range of different visual mediums.

Teacher content information:

Evolution: It's a Thing - Crash Course Biology #20 - (

Teaching sequence

10 minutes - Part A: What Do I Care About?
15 minutes - Part B: Ideation - 50 Ideas in 5 Minutes
35 minutes - Part C: Project Planning
60+ minutes - Part D: Execute the Project (this could be done in one day or over a number of weeks to complete the project)
30+ minutes - Reflection

Work through this resource material in the following sequence:

Introduction: Explain to students that in this lesson they will be working as a class to demonstrate their knowledge of evolution and natural selection by creating a website to share with the school community.

In this lesson students will be asked to:

  1. Think about
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Student Worksheet

evolution-walking-heroThought starter: How much do you know about evolution?

Reflection Questions

Project reflection

Was our website a success? Why or why not?

Were the assets created by our group a success? Why or why not?

What were the best bits?

What could we improve?

How would we improve the website overall?

Self reflection

How did I work in the group?

What would I do differently next time?

What was the best part of working on this project and why?

What was the worst part and why?


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