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Summary of what to expect:
This is a four day engaging constructivist lesson that focuses on the life of Charles Darwin and his innovative and successful idea of natural selection. Natural Selection can be easy to understand with students at a secondary level, but it is difficult to master. This lesson plan not only introduces the topic of natural selection, but allows students to actually discover it on their own the same way Charles Darwin perceived it.
In the first two days, students will take a voyage on the HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Island where they will encounter different species of finches. They will log in their journals what they observe on this island. In short, they will draw, tag, bag, and send the different specimens of finches off to England for review just as Darwin did himself. The idea is to teach students that species change and do NOT stay the same as generations pass.
In the second two days, students will learn on their own how natural selection works through a interactive competition activity. This is a classwide event which can be crafted differently based on the diversity of each class. Through this competition, students will learn how the most suitable characteristics (beak of the finch) will survive in the current environment that allows those characteristics to prevail. Students will compete in different environments which consists of dry land, flash flooding, and at night.
I also encourage you to utilize my unique style of notes as it is designed to integrate authentic and ongoing assessment throughout the content phase. I hope you enjoy this lesson as it took me approximately 80 hours to create. Other science teachers have used this lesson to introduce evolution in their classrooms and has been used as a template to help science teachers create lessons that are differentiated to meet the needs of diverse student learning styles at a science teacher conference day. Students will really get the concept if you go through this activity with them.