Charles Darwin and Natural Selection Activity

Charles Darwin and Natural Selection Activity
Charles Darwin and Natural Selection Activity
Charles Darwin and Natural Selection Activity
Charles Darwin and Natural Selection Activity
Charles Darwin and Natural Selection Activity
Charles Darwin and Natural Selection Activity
Charles Darwin and Natural Selection Activity
Charles Darwin and Natural Selection Activity
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11 MB|14 student pages 16 teacher pages
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Your students will learn about the life of Charles Darwin and how the events of his life led him to develop his theory of evolution. This 14-page student activity simulates a diary written by Darwin throughout his life. The 26 diary entries include facts and information about Darwin as well as actual quotes from Darwin. After each diary entry, students will answer a series of thought-provoking and critical-thinking questions.

What is included in this product?

• 14-Page Student Activity (Two versions: Color or Black/white)

• 13-Page Teacher Answer Key

• 3-Page Teacher Guide


This activity was designed to compliment my Theory of Evolution Teaching PowerPoint.

Use this link to view this PowerPoint presentation.


At the end of "On the Origin of Species", Darwin writes, “There is grandeur in this view of life … from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” This product is a journey through time that allows our science students to learn about the events throughout Darwin's life that led him to write (late in life) "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection."

The 14 student pages include 26 diary entries ranging from Feb 12, 1819 (when Darwin was 10 years old) to April 1, 1871. Each diary entry includes key facts about Darwin, his life and travels, and actual quotes from Darwin’s writings.

What will the students be doing?

This teaching resource is written as if it were a diary kept by Charles Darwin throughout his life. The entries in the diary are designed to teach your students about the life of Darwin, and the events that led him to develop his theory of evolution. Students will be asked to respond in some way to each diary entry. In some diary entries students will be asked to offer opinions, but in others, they must provide correct answers to questions.

This product is suitable for biology and life science students in grades 9 - 12. The product is intended to be an ongoing activity to be used during your unit on evolution. Have students begin the project on the first day of your unit. Then assign several pages a day as homework or classwork.

This product is editable and includes both color and black/white versions of the diary pages.

What topics are included in the diary entries?

The topics that are covered are ones that relate to Darwin’s life and his work.

• Biographical and historical information about Charles Darwin.

• Events that led Darwin to develop his theory of evolution.

• Definitions of the following terms: evolution, biological diversity, and theory.

• The work of the following scientists: Georges Cuvier, James Hutton, Charles Lyell, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, and Thomas Malthus.

• Adaptations.

• The difference between acquired characteristics and inherited characteristics.

• What is a fossil? How do fossils provide evidence of evolution?

• Principle of Uniformitarianism; Evidence provided by rock strata.

• Biogeography and the geographic distribution of organisms.

• Darwin’s observations of Galapagos tortoises and finches.

• Homologous structures and vestigial structures.

• Four main points in Darwin’s theory of evolution: Overproduction, genetic variation, struggle to survive, and differential reproduction. Definition of natural selection.

• Common descent and descent with modification.

��� Selective breeding; Differences between artificial selection and natural selection.

• Reasons Darwin was reluctant to publish his work; Controversial beliefs of Darwin’s time.

• Alfred Russel Wallace.

• Publication of “On the Origin of Species.”

• Five types of evidence Darwin used to support his theory: The fossil record, biogeography, homology, embryology and biological molecules.

• Publication of “The Descent of Man.”

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14 student pages 16 teacher pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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