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Evidence of Evolution and Natural Selection Cornell Notes

Grade Levels
8th - 10th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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35 pages
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Want your high school students to have better note-taking skills? These evolution notes are a great training tool for your students and they fit perfectly into interactive notebooks or binders. The PowerPoint and Cornell notes provided in this resource are a perfect introduction to topics like natural selection, Charles Darwin, fossils, relative dating, radioactive dating, and biological evidence for evolution.

What's included:

  • 25 EDITABLE PowerPoint slides
  • 2 EDITABLE Cornell Notes pages (comes in 5 versions for easy differentiation)
  • 2 interactive notebook pages

*Notes come in two sizes- 8.5x11 size for binders & 7x9 for composition notebooks. Each notepage perfectly corresponds to the PowerPoint to make note-taking a breeze!

Topics addressed: Charles Darwin, natural selection, descent with modification, immutability of species, Darwin's influences (Malthus, Lyell, Hutton, Wallace, Lamarck), types of fossils, relative dating of fossils, radioactive dating of fossils, half-life, vestigial structures, homologous structures, analogous structures, embryological evidence, genetic evidence for evolution

▶️Want to use this lesson in a digital notebook for Google Classroom(TM) or Microsoft OneDrive(TM)?

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What are Cornell notes?

Cornell notes consist of 1 page separated into 3 sections. A left-hand column provides major ideas and essential questions, while the large right-hand section is for detailed notes. A third section is found at the bottom of the page for summarizing the notes.

Why should you use the Cornell note-taking method?

Cornell notes are organized and efficient. They help students easily pick out important ideas for any topic. They also make studying easier because students can use the left column of questions as a self-quiz.


These notes are differentiated in 5 different versions including guided notes with blanks and notes that just provide the essential questions. Choose the version that matches the skill level of your class. It may be helpful to slowly increase their note-taking independence throughout the year.

An editable version of the notes is also included so you can tailor this resource perfectly to your classroom!


For other engaging methods of note-taking, see my Illustrated Notes or more Cornell Notes.

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Total Pages
35 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence. Emphasis is on a conceptual understanding of the role each line of evidence has relating to common ancestry and biological evolution. Examples of evidence could include similarities in DNA sequences, anatomical structures, and order of appearance of structures in embryological development.


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