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. Students watch a video about taxonomy and phylogenetic trees and respond to a series of questions.
- Students understand the purpose of phylogenetic trees and why we use them.
- 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)
- Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS208)
- Extension: The transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next involves DNA and genes (ACSSU184)
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.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate brainstorm and oversee activity.
Resources required: Phylogenetic tree factsheet, Phylogenetic tree human origins, Tree of Life, Internet access, desktop or online animation program (e.g. wideo or Go Animate). Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Animation creation, digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: Evolution, phylogeny, phylogenetic tree, homologous, analogous.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.