Quick summary: Students investigate the dual dimensions of human evolution – physical advances and human achievements – by creating a Museum of Human Evolution in their classroom. Students will need to work in pairs to create displays for a range of historical human milestones, including signage and artifacts. Students will assess the displays of other groups, and may lead younger students on tours of their museum.
- Students understand that landmark achievements of human beings throughout human history can be considered part of the ongoing story of human evolution.
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, Ethical understanding.
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: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet, Internet access. A range of resources to support students is available on the Student Worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Online brainstorming tool (such as MindMeister or bubbl.us), digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: This activity can be extended over several sessions.
Keywords: Human evolution, human achievements, history.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.