Ch 8: Evolution Lesson Plans

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Check out these practical and informative lesson plan outlines for teaching evolution topics to students. These lesson plans will help you manage your class time effectively and provide you with resources to share with your students.

Evolution Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

The lesson plan outlines in this chapter are a great resource for you to use when developing an evolution curriculum for your students. You'll have access to helpful discussion topics, vocabulary terms, and classroom activities related to evolution. This chapter includes lesson plans to help you teach the following topics:

  • Natural Selection
  • Charles Darwin and his scientific observations
  • The theory of evolution
  • Animal adaptation games and activities
  • More evolution topics!

The lesson plans include materials you can share with your students, like engaging video lessons and short quizzes that can be used to test their knowledge of the topics.

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  • Meets educational standards: Provides you with resources to teach the material related to evolution required for your students
  • Important terms and concepts: Shows you significant vocabulary words to include in your lesson plans
  • Student involvement: Includes activities and discussion ideas for students to stay engaged in the learning process

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning evolution lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific evolution topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your evolution class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related evolution lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important scientific concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant evolution-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

40 Lessons in Chapter 8: Evolution Lesson Plans
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How Darwin's Observations Showed the Process of Natural Selection

1. How Darwin's Observations Showed the Process of Natural Selection

In this lesson, we will learn about the observations that led to the development of Darwin's theory of natural selection. We'll explore how natural selection happens and how this brings about genetic diversity.

Evolution Lesson Plan

2. Evolution Lesson Plan

Teach students the basics of evolution by doing a hands-on experiment and then watching a video that anchors the experiment with key terms. End the lesson by comparing two theories of evolution and applying both to the experiment.

Theories of Evolution: Lamarck vs. Darwin

3. Theories of Evolution: Lamarck vs. Darwin

We'll look at the interplay between population genetics and environment. Are traits individually acquired or do entire populations evolve? The flying hamsters and a few other notable experiments will provide the answers.

Evolution Lesson Plan for Elementary School

4. Evolution Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about evolution. Two text lessons are used to outline natural selection and evolution for students and activities support hands-on learning. Test understanding with a quiz.

Natural Selection Lesson for Kids

5. Natural Selection Lesson for Kids

You've probably noticed that plants and animals are different shapes and sizes, but you might never have thought about how or why they are different. This lesson teaches you about natural selection and its effect on diversity in our world.

Evolution Lesson for Kids: Definition & Theory

6. Evolution Lesson for Kids: Definition & Theory

Do you know how a species can change over many generations? Learn what evolution is and how it works, including how animals pass on helpful traits to their children and grandchildren.

Natural Selection Activities

7. Natural Selection Activities

Natural selection is such a slow process that it is hard to picture. We can help with this by involving our students in hands-on activities and simulations. Here are a few ideas.

Natural Selection & Antibiotic Resistance Activity

8. Natural Selection & Antibiotic Resistance Activity

This lesson provides teachers with a hands-on activity to teach students about natural selection and then uses a video to connect natural selection to antibiotic resistance. Students will practice new terms with a worksheet and then can be assessed with a quiz.

Artificial Selection Lesson Plan

9. Artificial Selection Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students learn about genetic variability, random mutations, and artificial selection and participate in class discussions to enhance understanding. Afterward, students work in pairs to investigate a modern example of artificial selection and present their research in a visual medium.

Artificial Selection in Evolution

10. Artificial Selection in Evolution

Humans have been selectively breeding for desirable traits in plants and animals for a long time. This artificial selection allows for a lot of control in the breeding process but can also lead to unintended mutations within a population of organisms.

Genetic Variability, Random Mutation & Artificial Selection

11. Genetic Variability, Random Mutation & Artificial Selection

In this lesson we will discuss the importance of genetic variability and the role of random mutations. We will also compare the processes of natural and artificial selection.

Selective Breeding Activities

12. Selective Breeding Activities

If you are studying evolution, it's important for students to understand how people can impact the natural process of evolution. Use these activities to help students learn about selective breeding.

Genetic Drift Lesson Plan

13. Genetic Drift Lesson Plan

Genetic drift often gets forgotten as one of the forces for evolution. This lesson plan allows students to explore the types of genetic drift through a video and a simple, yet fun and effective, lab activity.

Genetic Drift: Definition, Examples & Types

14. Genetic Drift: Definition, Examples & Types

Genetic drift reduces genetic variability of a population by decreasing the size of the population. The change in population size and variability often leads to new species and unique populations.

Genetic Drift Activities & Games

15. Genetic Drift Activities & Games

Genetic drift is one of several forces that make up evolution. This lesson will provide activities and games for your class as you teach them about genetic drift.

Animal Adaptation Activities

16. Animal Adaptation Activities

There are a lot of animals in the world, with a lot of adaptations. Help students learn about them by trying out these fun animal adaptation activities.

Animal Adaptation Games

17. Animal Adaptation Games

A lesson on animal adaptations can fit into many different content areas. This lesson will cover several games you can use to enhance units on animal adaptations in your classroom.

Charles Darwin Lesson Plan

18. Charles Darwin Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will provide you with important vocabulary and discussion topics related to Charles Darwin and his contribution to the theory of evolution. Various activities about these topics are delineated as well.

Who Was Charles Darwin? - Theory of Evolution & Natural Selection

19. Who Was Charles Darwin? - Theory of Evolution & Natural Selection

When you hear the name Charles Darwin, you probably think of evolution. However, Darwin did not come up with evolution. He explained a way for evolution to occur called natural selection. Learn more about Darwin and natural selection in this lesson.

Charles Darwin: Voyages, Theories & Works

20. Charles Darwin: Voyages, Theories & Works

In this lesson we explore the life and voyages of the 19th-century British naturalist Charles Darwin and his formulation of the theory of natural selection.

Evolution Activities & Games

21. Evolution Activities & Games

Evolution is the basis for understanding biology. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding evolution. This series of activities and games will help alleviate some misconceptions, while allowing students to have fun learning about this important principle.

Natural Selection Classroom Games & Activities

22. Natural Selection Classroom Games & Activities

Are you looking for an interesting way to teach your elementary students about natural selection? This lesson is a great resource for activities and games that help students understand natural selection.

Social Darwinism Classroom Activities & Games

23. Social Darwinism Classroom Activities & Games

Social Darwinism is a fascinating and controversial theory. This lesson provides teacher with classroom activities and games that can be used to help teach students about Social Darwinism.

Charles Darwin Lesson Plan for Elementary School

24. Charles Darwin Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Learning about Charles Darwin puts a face and personality behind his ideas and contributions. This lesson plan allows students to learn about natural selection and then promotes collaboration by having students work together to create a giant timeline students can walk through.

Charles Darwin Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

25. Charles Darwin Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Imagine taking a 5-year journey to observe and document people, animals, and plants on the other side of the globe. Charles Darwin had such an experience, and this lesson will teach you about how his expedition shaped modern scientific thought.

Speciation Lesson Plan

26. Speciation Lesson Plan

Understanding speciation will make comprehending evolution easier for the biology student. This lesson plan allows students to experience speciation through a class activity and then cements the idea through additional examples illustrated in the video.

Speciation: Definition, Examples & Role in Evolution

27. Speciation: Definition, Examples & Role in Evolution

Can you believe that over two million species have been identified on Earth? Have you ever wondered how so many species formed on Earth? Learn more about how new species form and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Charles Darwin Activities

28. Charles Darwin Activities

Learning about Charles Darwin can help students form a better understanding of evolution and its significance. This lesson provides activities that make it fun and engaging to study Darwin.

Monohybrid & Dihybrid Cross Activities

29. Monohybrid & Dihybrid Cross Activities

Are you beginning your unit on genetics? These interactive, hands-on activities will illuminate monohybrid crosses and dihybrid crosses for all of your students.

Lamarckism Activities

30. Lamarckism Activities

Lamarckism was one of the early theories about the origin of species and although it has been debunked and supplanted, it remains historically important. This lesson offers activities you can use to help your students learn about Lamarckism.

Darwinian Revolution Activities

31. Darwinian Revolution Activities

Darwin's contributions to the field of biological sciences made a significant difference in human understanding. This lesson offers activities that help students understand why the Darwinian Revolution was so important.

Charles Darwin Activities for Kids

32. Charles Darwin Activities for Kids

Teaching children about the life and work of Charles Darwin can be such an exciting way to help them understand evolution. This lesson offers some activities that will help you make the most of your instructional time.

Natural Selection Lesson Plan for Kids

33. Natural Selection Lesson Plan for Kids

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about natural selection. Students will be able to answer questions using text evidence to support their answers and summarize the process of adaptation using domain-specific vocabulary.

Convergent & Divergent Evolution Lesson Plan

34. Convergent & Divergent Evolution Lesson Plan

The environment can cause changes in a species. Your students will learn about convergent and divergent evolution as they watch a video and create examples of each type of evolution.

Natural Selection Lesson Plan

35. Natural Selection Lesson Plan

Use our Study.com video lesson to teach students about natural selection, and help students examine Darwin's ideas of natural selection by evaluating their traits. Consider extra activities and related lessons for deeper exploration of this topic.

Evolution Unit Plan for Middle School

36. Evolution Unit Plan for Middle School

This asset provides a guideline for middle school teachers who are developing a unit on evolution. Students will learn how evidence has been collected to prove how natural selection and adaptation have influenced the history of biological life.

Natural Selection Project Ideas

37. Natural Selection Project Ideas

Natural selection describes how some organisms thrive based on the heritable traits that are passed on to their offspring. The following projects allow students to apply what they have learned about natural selection.

Your Inner Fish Discussion Questions

38. Your Inner Fish Discussion Questions

''Your Inner Fish'' is an engaging nonfiction text that introduces important questions about how we define humanity. These discussion questions can help your students work through not only the scientific implications of this book, but also the ethical ones.

Evolution Unit Plan for High School

39. Evolution Unit Plan for High School

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.

Hibernation and Migration Activities

40. Hibernation and Migration Activities

After learning about the winter patterns of some animals, use these activities on hibernation and migration to reinforce key concepts and prompt critical thinking with your elementary school students.

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