Quick summary: In this lesson students learn about the achievements of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, and in particular the importance of their contributions to the theory of evolution. Students imagine that they are court reporters for an imaginary court case between Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Students work in pairs to produce a series of five short podcasts describing the events of the court case in which Wallace accuses Darwin of stealing his evolution by natural selection theory.
- Students understand the roles that Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace played in developing our theory of evolution.
- Students demonstrate understanding of the theory of evolution by natural selection.
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)
- Scientific understanding, including models and theories, are contestable and are refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (ACSHE191)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC5-12ES, SC5-14LW.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.
Relevant parts of Year 10 Science achievement standards: Students explain the processes that underpin heredity and evolution. Students analyse how the models and theories they use have developed over time and discuss the factors that prompted their review.
Time required: 60+ mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion and oversee activity.
Resources required: Internet access, voice recording device (e.g. phone or tablet). Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Darwin and Wallace factsheet. Podcast assessment rubric. Tips for making a great podcast.
Digital technology opportunities: Podcast creation (e.g. Audacity), digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: Evolution, natural selection, 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.