This document starts as multiple homework assignments for an introductory unit on evolution, but ends up being a completed study guide for the unit test. The key to success in teaching a unit on evolution is to provide good instruction followed by a good review exercise.
PLEASE NOTE: This PowerPoint and Notes set is included in my money-saving "Evolution Bundle" which can be viewed by clicking this link.
This document is a 9 page student study guide consisting of 68 questions. As I teach my unit on evolution, I assign a portion of these questions for homework each night. This document provides quality homework assignments and ends up being a completed and thorough study guide for the unit test. You can also use a few questions during class each day to check for student understanding of the concepts being taught.
This worksheet of homework questions and problems was written to go along with my Powerpoint on this same topic: Darwin's Theory of Evolution PowerPoint and Notes. Click this link to view the PowerPoint.
Topics covered in this assignment include:
I. Introduction to Evolutionary Theory
• Biological Diversity
• What is a Theory?
• What is Evolution?
• Who “Discovered” Evolution?
II. Charles Darwin: A Brief Biography
III. The Voyage of the HMS Beagle
IV. Darwin’s Observations
• Enormous Number of Species
• Patterns of Diversity
• The Galapagos Islands
• The Journey Home
V. Ideas in Darwin’s Time
• A Time of Discovery
• Conflicting Views of Darwin’s Work
• An Ancient and Changing Earth
• Georges Cuvier
• James Hutton
• Charles Lyell
• Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
• Thomas Malthus
VI. Darwin Develops His Theory of Evolution
• When Darwin Returned Home
• What Changed?
VII. Darwin’s Theory of Evolution
• Common Ancestry
• Darwin Presents His Evidence
• Descent With Modification
• Artificial Selection
VIII. Evolution by Natural Selection
• Concepts of Darwin’s theory
• What is Natural Selection?
• Common Descent
• The Controversy
• Summary and Important Points
IX. The Evidence for Evolution
• The Fossil Record
• Geographic Distribution
• Biological Molecules
X. Evolution in Action
• Selection Pressure
• The Peppered Moth
• Pesticide Resistance in Insects
XI. Patterns of Evolution
• Selection Pressure
• Adaptive Radiation
• Convergent Evolution
• Divergent Evolution
• Punctuated Equilibrium
All answers are included in the very detailed 8 page teacher guide that is included with this product.
The questions are of varying difficulty levels. Question types include compare and contrast, fill in the blank, short answer, multiple choice, calculations, and true/false. Some of the questions are basic and concrete in nature, but most of the questions involve critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Your download will include both a Word document as well as a pdf of this extensive homework/study guide.
This study guide is appropriate for any biology or life science class with students in grades 7 - 12.
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