Activity Introduction

assessment-writing-photoframe-newQuick summary: These assessment tasks have been developed to provide teachers with a method of assessing student learning throughout this unit. This lesson has been designed for students to meet the requirements of the Achievement Standards for their year level.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand natural selection and the processes leading to natural selection.
  • Students identify the differences between acclimation and adaptation.
  • Students understand the term ‘survival of the fittest.’
  • Students understand how speciation occurs and identify the steps involved in speciation.
  • Students identify the types of evidence for evolution.
  • Students recognise the differences between homologous and analogous structures.
  • Students recognise some of the different theories behind human evolution.
  • Students understand what a phylogenetic tree is and how to create one.
  • Students recognise the differences between hominins and hominids, and identity features of hominins.

21st century skills:

evolution assessment skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

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.

Topic: Evolution.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Workbooks or paper, pen.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Keywords: Evolution, speciation, natural selection, phylogenetic tree, Charles Darwin, adaptation, acclimation, humans, survival of the fittest, assessment.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

assessment-writing-photoframe-newTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students demonstrate an understanding of:

  • Natural selection and the processes leading to natural selection.
  • The differences between acclimation and adaptation.
  • The term 'survival of the fittest.'
  • How speciation occurs and identify the steps involved in speciation.
  • The types of evidence for evolution.
  • The differences between homologous and analogous structures.
  • The different theories about human evolution.
  • What a phylogenetic tree is and how to create one.
  • The differences between hominins and hominids, and identity features of hominins.

Teacher content information: These assessment tasks have been developed to provide teachers with a method of assessing student learning throughout this unit. This lesson has been designed for students to meet the requirements of the Achievement Standards for their year level.

Relevant part of the Year 10 Science achievement standards:

  • Students explain the processes that underpin
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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What was the most interesting thing you learned about evolution?

Part A: Remember

Work independently to answer all of the following questions:

1. Describe the difference between 'adaptation' and acclimation' and provide examples:

2. What is natural selection?

3. Where does the term 'natural selection' come from?

4. What is a selecting agent? Provide examples:

5. What is speciation?

6. What are the steps to speciation?

7. Why is isolation required for speciation to occur?

8. What are different types of speciation?

9. There are a range of different types of evidence for evolution. List three:

10. What are homologous structures?

11. What are analogous structures?

12. What are vestigal structures?

13. Describe one of the theories of human evolution:

  • Out of Africa model
  • Multiregional model
  • Assimilation model

14. Create a phylogenetic tree diagram of the following organisms:

phylogenetic tree instructions v4

15. What is the 'tree of life'?

16. Describe the difference between h

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