Quick summary: In this activity students explore human evolution by investigating the role that phylogenetic trees play in describing evolutionary relationships. Students will begin by engaging in a class discussion around some of the major developments in human evolution, then work in pairs to create a phylogenetic tree for hominins. Once complete they need to select one group of hominins and create an imaginary Facebook page for an individual from that group.
- Students understand the trajectory of hominin development.
- Students understand how to create a phylogenetic tree.
- Students develop skills in communicating complex scientific subjects.
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)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC5-14LW, SC5-15LW.
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: Human evolution factsheet, Phylogenetic tree human origins, one copy of the Phylogenetic tree factsheet for each pair of students, Facebook page. 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, hominin, phylogenetic tree, Facebook.
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