Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content by watching a video in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise ways that science is profoundly affecting all life on Earth and potentially influencing evolution.
  • Students build their thinking and questioning skills.

21st century skills:

evolution flipped skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 10 Science

  • The transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next involves DNA and genes (ACSSU184)
  • The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence (ACSSU185)
  • People use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they accept claims, explanations or predictions, and advances in science can affect people’s lives, including generating new career opportunities (ACSHE230)

Syllabus OutcomesSC5-17CW, SC5-14LW.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding.

Time needed: 30 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently.

Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.

Key words: Evolution, species, future.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students take responsibility for their own learning by watching a video on how scientific advances are affecting evolution, and complete a thinking routine.

The Flipped Lesson

This lesson provides the opportunity for students to explore/build their current knowledge, attitudes and values about scientific advances and the future evolution of life on Earth. While working independently, students are to view the following video and complete tables on the student worksheet.

This visual thinking tool can be useful in examining how and why student thinking has changed based on learning specific content information. It also helps to develop their reasoning abilities and to recognise cause and effect relationships.

Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species? (

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: How evolved are you?

Before watching the video below, write three things you know about evolution in the spaces below:




Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species? (

After watching this video, answer the questions below -

What three things did you find surprising or interesting about this video?






How are the ideas and information presented CONNECTED to what you already knew?


What new ideas did you get that EXTENDED or pushed your thinking in new directions?


What is still CHALLENGING or confusing for you to get your mind around? What questions do you now have?

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