Evolution Unit Plan for High School

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

As you teach your middle school students about evolution, you can utilize this unit plan and its hands-on activities to promote the analytical skills of your students as they cooperate together.

Evolution Lesson Outline

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck is credited with developing the first theory of evolution in the 18th century. In 1859, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace would publish the controversial book that presented their theories. While most scientists now agree that evolution exists, many experts disagree about various aspects of how evolution works. By studying evolution, your middle schoolers can better understand possible factors in coronary heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and other afflictions. In addition, they will better comprehend what makes them human, as well as how life on Earth has changed over millions of years.


It is not a bad idea to start out with some basic questions to ask your students, to find out where they stand on the subject. Then you can utilize this Evolution Lesson Plan.

How Do We Even Know Evolution Happens?

What evidence do scientists point to as evidence of the existence of evolution? Have your students research the three following methods, and see if they can uncover more methods that are used by scientists.

  • Examination of fossils
  • Molecular evidence and comparing DNA
  • Comparing embryos

Gathering Information

Since Lamarck developed the first fully formed theory of evolution, followed by Darwin and Wallace, your students can start by studying them.

In 1859, Darwin and Wallace published 'On the Origin of Species.' This Charles Darwin Lesson Plan explains the theories.

Four Forces of Evolution

The following are the four forces of evolution:

Six Types of Evolution

These are six types of evolution to study:

Gregor Mendel

Charles Darwin posited many of his theories about evolution and natural selection in the 19th century. Gregor Mendel lived in the 19th century as well, and his work on genetics and DNA has been tied together by many scientists with the work of Darwin and other evolutionists. Consult this Gregor Mendel Lesson Plan. To further study genetic traits, consult this Genetic Traits Lesson Plan.

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