Evolution PowerPoint and Notes | Printable and Digital Distance Learning

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  1. This "Theory of Evolution Complete Unit Plan Bundle" Includes everything you need to teach an introductory unit on evolution to your life science or biology students. Includes both printable and digital formats. The bundle contains a 96-slide PowerPoint presentation, lecture notes for the teacher,
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These 96 slides will captivate your students with stunning photos and diagrams to provide an in-depth study of the life and times of Charles Darwin, and the other scientists who contributed to evolutionary theory. Choose to use the traditional printable version, or the paperless, digital Google Apps version. These lessons on evolution detail the culture and beliefs of the 1800's and the historic travels of Darwin that led him to develop his theory of evolution. The PowerPoint covers all the topics you would expect from a traditional high school biology textbook, including natural selection, descent with modification, the fossil record, homologous structures, embryology, mass extinctions, adaptive radiations, and the many other patterns of evolution.

This resource is perfect for traditional classroom settings, distance learning, flipped classrooms, or for students in 1:1 classrooms.

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What is included in this product?

  • A 96-Slide PowerPoint Presentation (Includes traditional PowerPoint, PDF, and Google slides)
  • Editable and printable 14-page set of lecture notes for the teacher
  • Editable and printable 18-page guided notes outline for the student
  • Paperless Digital Version (not editable) for use in Google Drive, Google Classroom, and /or Microsoft OneDrive

The Power Point is designed to hold the attention of your students. The 96 slides are bright and colorful and contain loads and loads of visually appealing pictures and images. Animations and transitions are included to allow you to control the pace of the lesson.

Your students are going to love using the outline as you teach. It allows the student more freedom to listen, think, and ask questions during note-taking. The notes are also perfect for students with disabilities or IEP's.

Topics covered are:

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
  • Fossils
  • 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
  • Homology
  • Embryology
  • Biological Molecules

X. Evolution in Action

  • Selection Pressure
  • The Peppered Moth
  • Pesticide Resistance in Insects

XI. Patterns of Evolution

  • Selection Pressure
  • Extinctions
  • Adaptive Radiation
  • Convergent Evolution
  • Divergent Evolution
  • Coevolution
  • Punctuated Equilibrium

This PowerPoint is appropriate for any biology student in grades 9 - 12. It can be used in first or second year biology classes.

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Total Pages
96 slides and 32 pages of notes
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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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.
Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment. Emphasis is on using evidence to explain the influence each of the four factors has on number of organisms, behaviors, morphology, or physiology in terms of ability to compete for limited resources and subsequent survival of individuals and adaptation of species. Examples of evidence could include mathematical models such as simple distribution graphs and proportional reasoning. Assessment does not include other mechanisms of evolution, such as genetic drift, gene flow through migration, and co-evolution.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11–12 texts and topics.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.
Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).


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