This is a 400+ slide PowerPoint presentation about science theory on the Origins of Life. This PowerPoint includes critical notes (red slides) stunning visuals, links to great videos, 3 page homework bundle and answer key, lesson notes, neat hook activity, discussion questions, time-lines, and much more.
-Note, my characteristics of Life PowerPoint is included in this PowerPoint so please do not buy both.
This PowerPoint starts off with a great hook, I place raisins in a clear container containing ginger ale and some food coloring. The raisins catch air bubbles in their wrinkles and float to top, drop bubbles and then sink to the bottom. It looks like the raisins are alive and moving all around. I call the raisins sewer lice and most students believe they are living. The rest of the PowerPoint covers the characteristics of living things, needs of livings things. A journal questions has students record their theory / belief on how life originated. Some students usually share evolution and a few slides immediately after describe the a few differences between evolution and abiogenesis. After sharing, some of the more popular theories are described (Divine Force, E.T Origins, Spontaneous Origin) A brief reference is Made to Francesco Redi's experiment in 1668, and Pasteur's in 1860. Science viewpoint is then described as encompassing many branches of science including evolution, cosmology, geology, organic chemistry (abiogenesis). A quick reference to a time-line of important events is made (I sell another unit on TpT about Earth System History). Some really neat pictures of Stromatolites, fossil bacteria from the Apex Chert over 3.465 billion years ago. Several slides discuss the life found at the bottom of the ocean neat hydrothermal vents. A link to a great David Attenborough narration of the vents and the amazing life found there is provided. A few more neat links to videos that help to bring the time-line of events from formation to origin of life, to present day are included. Student recreate the Miller-Urey experiment in their journal as a step by step drawing with explanations along the way. The drawing and slides include what was put in, as well as the general workings and findings explained. Fatty vesicles are described and how they can form. A description of how the fatty vesicle becomes slightly more porous when heated, allowing in molecules. Vesicles become larger / gain more molecules when vesicles touch other vesicles. Mutations occur within the vesicle, mutations that favor self replication allow that Proto-cell to continue. Evolution then get's involved in the process. Those protocells that can self replicate pass on this characteristic. Small changes over billions of years lead to new and better replicating protocells. Each slide is step by step and color coding text helps students to focus. The Key Steps to early life Formation of complex organic molecules. These are expected to be common on early Earth. Self-replicating systems, Protein Synthesis, RNA can be both genetic material and serve the role of proteins in replication. Compartmentalization: The First Cell. Students then see a series of challenge questions to find the bogus statement from a list. This helps to get the students involved and thinking about what they just learned. How water aided in the origin of life as a solvent, participant in chemical reactions, and as a medium is explained. A link to a great Carl Sagan clip is provided, as well as a hidden box game that has students guess a picture as shapes are removed with each slide click. This is a really neat PowerPoint that will challenge your students and generate plenty of questions. This lesson works really well if you can encourage some really good discussion as you move through the slideshow. The videos are nice little breaks. Please see my entire Life Topics Unit described below, or my Evolution / Change Unit offered on TpT.
Evolution and Natural Selection, Change Topics Entire Unit (3,500 Slides) on TpT
Evolution and Natural Selection, Change Topics Unit
This unit includes all of the lessons below in one organized folder....
-Evolution and Natural Selection, Change Topics Unit, HW, Notes, PowerPoint Freebies
-Darwin, Evolution and Natural Selection Unit (1200 slides, HW, Notes, and More)
-Human Evolution, Hominids Lesson (350 Slides, HW, Notes, and More)
-Life Origins Lesson, Miller-Urey, Organic Molecules Lesson (400 Slides, HW, Notes, and More)
-Darwin, Evolution and Natural Selection PowerPoint Review Game
-Life Origins, Human Evolution PowerPoint Review Game
-Earth System History (850 Slides, HW, Notes and More)
-Earth System History Timeline of Events PowerPoint Review Game
-Ecological Succession Lesson (470 Slides, HW, Notes, and Keys)
-Ecological Succession PowerPoint Review Game
Entire Curriculum that I offer on TpT
Entire 4 year Science Curriculum, 20 Full Units (50,000 Slides) HW, Notes, and much more
Please visit my other posting on TpT called the Evolution and Natural Selection, Change Topics Unit which includes this PowerPoint within the 3200+ slide PowerPoint roadmap, 22 page bundled homework bundle, 12 page modified bundle, detailed answer keys, and 13 pages of unit notes for students who may require assistance that chronologically follow the PowerPoint slideshow. The answer keys and unit notes are great for support professionals. This larger file also includes two PowerPoint review games (110+ slides each with Answers), 22 .flv videos, lab handouts, activity sheets, rubrics, materials list, templates, guides, and much more. Also included is a 190 slide first day of school PowerPoint presentation.
Areas of Focus within the Change Topics Unit:
Evolution History,Scopes Monkey Trials, Darwin, Evolution, Evidences of Evolution, Four Parts to Darwin's Theories, Natural Selection, The Mechanisms for Natural Selection, Divergent Evolution, Convergent Evolution, Diversity of Life Photo Tour, What does it mean to be living?, Characteristics of Living Things, Origins of Life(Other Theories), Origins of Life (Science Theory), Needs of Living Things, Origins of the Universe (Timeline), Miller-Urey Experiment, Amino Acids, How Water Aided in the Origin of Life, Human Evolution, Hominid Features, Evidences of Human Evolution, Hominid Skulls Ecological Succession, Primary Succession, Secondary Succession, Plant Succession, Animal Succession, Stages of Ecological Succession, Events that Restart Succession. Teaching Duration 6+ Weeks
I also sell all 20 Science Units as a digital hard good on TpT. This includes all 20 units (50,000 slides), in Life, Earth, and Physical Science for students in grades 5-10, This also includes 275 pages of bundled homework / assessment that chronologically follows each unit, 175 pages of modified assessments, 325 pages of answer keys, 260 pages of unit notes, 37 PowerPoint review games (5000+ slides), 315 videos, hundreds of pages of handouts, First Day PowerPoint, Guidebook, and Four Year Curriculum Guide and classroom license.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Thanks again and best wishes.
Ryan Murphy M.Ed
Below are the links to the 20 units of study that I offer on TpT for individual purchase. All of these are included in the curriculum purchase.
Physical Science Units
Science Skills Unit
Laws of Motion and Simple Machines Unit
Matter, Energy, and the Environment Unit
Atoms and Periodic Table of the Elements Unit
Physical Science Curriculum
Physical Science Bundle Package (4 Units)
Life Science Units
Human Body Systems and Health Topics Unit
Cellular Biology Unit
Infectious Diseases Unit
DNA and Genetics Unit, Cell Division
Taxonomy and Classification Unit
Evolution and Natural Selection, Change Topics Unit
Ecology Feeding Levels Unit
Ecology Interactions Unit
Ecology Abiotic Factors Unit
Life Science Curriculum
Life Science Bundle Package (10 Units)
Earth Science Units
Weathering, Soil Science, Soil Conservation, Ice Ages, Glaciers Unit
Astronomy Topics Unit
Geology Topics Unit
Weather and Climate Unit
Earth Science Curriculum Bundle
Earth Science Curriculum (6 Units)
Water, Water Quality, Rivers, Lakes, and Fish Units
Water on Earth, Properties of Water, Water Pollution Unit
Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit (Salmon, Fish, and more)
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