This project should take about 4 days. IF you teach biology freshmen it might take more than a week. My students initially hated it until they got to the end and I found it to be very effective at helping them understand human evolution trends.
This activity prompts students to create a large illustration of Homo sapiens and its hominid ancestors. It asks students to draw skulls, feet, dental formulas, tools, and other tem related to human evolution. They must also answer questions related to the illustrations.
Near the end, students are asked to speculate about what future humans would look like based on known hominid evolution trends with certain assumptions of course. Rather than give another lecture on evolution, I decided to give them a project to work on. The project proved to be more difficult for freshman in biology than sophomore in biology. I had to give them additional time to complete the project but they seemed to really grasp the concept well once completed.
a. Section 1 should be titled “Australopithecus” and will be near the top but beneath the title.
b. In section 1, make a sketch of this human’s entire body and a close up of his skull. Ensure to leave the right half of section 1 empty for the inevitable description portion.
c. When drawing the skull, pay close attention to how you draw the jaw size, brow ridges, and cranial size.