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Below is a sample breakdown of the History of Life on Earth chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||The Origin of Life on Earth: Theories and Explanation||Scientists' theories about the primitive Earth and how life began|
|Tuesday||The Origin of Life on Earth: Theories and Explanation||An explanation of the Miller-Urey experiment and how it was implemented by scientists|
|Wednesday||The History of Life on Earth: Timeline and Characteristics of Major Eras||A look at several prehistoric eras on Earth and the life forms that existed|
|Thursday||The Endosymbiosis Theory: Evolution of Cells||The processes that transform simple cells to complex cells|
|Friday||Evolutionary Change: Definition and Forms||The changes that occurred on Earth throughout time|
1. The Origin of Life on Earth: Theories and Explanations
Ever wonder how living things came from non-living things? We will explore what conditions on early Earth may have created life from non-living items.
2. The History of Life on Earth: Timeline and Characteristics of Major Eras
The Earth is over 4.6 billion years old. Ever wonder what happened during certain time periods in that large amount of time? We will look at the major eons and eras of Earth's history along with important characteristics of each.
3. The Endosymbiosis Theory: Evolution of Cells
Ever wonder why some cells are very simple and others are complex with countless organelles to remember? We will look at how simple cells evolved to become more complex cells - as well as evidence to support this.
4. Evolutionary Change: Definition and Forms
You've probably heard of Charles Darwin and evolution. We know that evolution is change over time, but here we will look at how these changes may have occurred during Earth's history.
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