Evolution Lesson Plans

  • Amphibian & Reptile Crafts- "Templates and directions for making a paper mache alligator, a crocodile, a dinosaur, frogs, and a frog puppet."
  • Animal Adaptations- This activity enables students to get a better understanding of adaptations and their relationship to the environment by constructing an animal of their own!
  • Cave Club Introduction - Student will learn about prehistoric time through hands-on learning activities and other creative art projects.
  • Darwin/Lamarck Court Case- This is a fun activity where students learn about evolution by staging a trial. Discussions and notes are then taken after the trial using the court reporters' notes. This is one the kids will remember all year.
  • Dinosaur Tracks and Critical Thinking- They will learn the rudiments of how tracks are made and how to read them. They will use powers of observation and critical thinking to produce a scenario.
  • Evolution! - Students should be able to hold their own with knowledge about evolution.
  • Evolutionary Theory - Students will articulate the scientific evidence for evolution.
  • Introducing Evolution- Two advance organizers for introducing the topic of evolution. Both organizers address students' prior knowledge about the subject.
  • Jurassic Park Projects- These project ideas integrate science with language arts, mathematics and art. They can be used as alternative assessments for students who have read Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.
  • Modeling the Mitochondrial DNA "Clock"- This activity is designed to help students understand the concept of a molecular clock and how the accumulation of mutations reflect the length of time two populations (or two species) have been geographically or reproductively separated from one another.
  • Natural Selection- Introduction to natural selection and the Chi square method of statistical analysis.
  • Religion In Schools - Students will be able to express the issues with religion in schools.
  • Species and Systems- Activity in which students apply systems criteria to any species they choose.
  • The Natural Selection of Forks and Beans- In this activity, students actively participate as one of three predator species as they attempt to capture as many individuals as possible of four prey species.
  • Two Kinds of Dinosaurs- Students will compare two kinds of dinosaurs based upon the structure of the pelvis: bird-hipped and reptile-hipped.