Quick summary: Students are asked to work in pairs to apply one of the following models of human origins – the Out of Africa model, Mulitregional or the Assimilation model – to describe the origin of Homo floresiensis. They will create a video news piece to present their ideas.
- Students understand that the theory of human evolution is contested and uncertain.
- Students understand several of the models used to describe human evolution and human origins.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
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 Outcomes: SC5-14LW.
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.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity.
Resources required: Tablet or phone to film and edit video news piece, Out of Africa factsheet. Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension and homework.
Keywords: Evolution, human origins, Homo floresiensis, theory.
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