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This is a set of 57 enrichment, reinforcement and review task cards for your lessons on evolution. Students will answer questions about the life and travels of Charles Darwin and the events that led him to develop his theory of evolution. Students will use their critical thinking skills to explain the evidence for evolution, and to give examples of the different patterns of evolution. Students will explore natural selection, artificial selection, the controversies surrounding Darwin's theory, and so much more.
Suitable for life science and biology students in grades 8 -12.
Task cards are a fantastic way to enrich or reinforce lessons, review difficult concepts, or provide extra practice for the struggling student. The student reads each card, performs the task, and records his/her answer on the included student answer sheet.
From the moment of purchase, you will be ready to use your task cards in just a few minutes. Simply print the sheets of task cards on card stock paper, laminate, and cut the cards apart. The cards look best when printed in color, but they can easily be printed in black and white.
This set of 57 task cards on evolution covers the following concepts and topics:
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
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
IX. The Evidence for Evolution
• The Fossil Record
• Geographic Distribution
• Biological Molecules
X. Evolution in Action
XI. Patterns of Evolution
• Selection Pressure
• Adaptive Radiation
• Convergent Evolution
• Divergent Evolution
• Punctuated Equilibrium
What is included in this product?
1. A set of 57 editable task cards.
2. A student answer sheet for recording answers. (6-pages)
3. Blank task cards so that you can add additional questions.
4. A complete teacher answer key. (8-pages)
5. Teacher Guide containing tips, tricks, and suggestions for use. (3-pages)
6. Review PowerPoint of 57 slides.
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