To make students aware of the advances that took place in biology, medicine, psychology, chemistry, physics, literature, music, painting, and architecture during the 1800s.
1 class period
This lesson involves a fun contest that covers the following topics:
• Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution
• New Discoveries in Biology, Medicine, and Psychology
• Advances in Chemistry and Physics
• Literature and the Arts
Four groups of questions are found on the lesson pages. Within each group, one answer is false and the others are true. Underlined words determine whether the answer is true or false. Below each group of questions, there are three empty boxes labeled with A, B, and C.
Class members begin by reading all of the descriptions in Group 1 pertaining to Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. They must decide which one is most likely to contain underlined information that is incorrect, and then put the number of that description inside of box A. This is followed by a second guess and a third guess at which one is false by putting two more numbers inside of boxes B and C.
Once Group 1 is completed, papers are exchanged and checked. Points are scored as follows:
30 points, if box A contains the number of the false answer
20 points, if box B contains the number of the false answer
10 points, if box C has the number of the false answer
0 points, if none of the boxes have the number of the false answer
Play continues in the same way with Groups 2-4. The five class members who score the most points are the winners of the contest.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.