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Evolution as a Unifying Concept

Evolution in the broadest sense can be defined as the idea that the universe has a history that change through time has taken place. if we look today at the galaxies, stars, the planet earth, and the life on planet earth, we see that things today are different from what they were in the past galaxies, stars, planets, and life forms have evolved. Biological evolution refers to the scientific theory that living things share ancestors from which they have diverged Darwin called it descent with...

Proposing the Theory of Biological Evolution Historical Perspective

This activity uses evolution to introduce students to historical perspectives and the nature of science. The teacher has students read short excerpts of original statements on evolution from Jean Lamarck, Charles Darwin, and Alfred Russel Wallace. This activity is intended as either a supplement to other investigations or as a core activity. Designed for grades 9 through 12, the activity requires a total of three class periods. The activity provides all students with opportunities to develop...

Connecting Population Growth and Biological Evolution

In this activity, students develop a model of the mathematical nature of population growth. The investigation provides an excellent opportunity for consideration of the population growth of plant and animal species and the resultant stresses that contribute to natural selection. This activity will require two class periods and is appropriate for grades 5 through 12. The activity is based on an original activity from the Earth Science Curriculum Project. It is used with permission.14 This...