Quick summary: Students investigate the evidence for evolution. Students work in groups to research one of five forms of evolutionary evidence and to create a presentation on this evidence to share with the class. Each group is also asked to create a short quiz on their topic; all quizzes can then be compiled and completed following the presentations.
- Students recognise some of the different forms of evolutionary evidence, including fossils, comparative anatomy, DNA and protein structures, distribution of species, and embryology.
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)
- Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS208)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC5-9WS, 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. 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: Low – oversee activity.
Resources required: Internet access, presentation program (such as Powerpoint or Prezi). Evidence for evolution factsheet. Natural selection 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.
Keywords: Evolution, evidence, fossils, comparative anatomy, DNA, protein structures, distribution of species, embryology.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.