Darwin And Evolution
Activities give an introduction to Charles Darwin and his theories of evolution. Specimens brought back from Darwin’s travels, his letters, his study of pigeons and the story of the peppered moth are all used to explain terms such as characteristics, adaptation, inheritance and evolution.
By the end of the activities pupils will be able to:
- list some key aspects about Darwin and his life
- explain in simple terms the meaning of characteristics, adaptation, inheritance and evolution
- demonstrate their understanding through the completion of creative activities
Thinking beyond and testing your learning.
The activities have explored how characteristics are passed on to new generations and how some plants and animals adapt over time to their environments. But why does an animal become extinct? Discuss the reasons why something has become extinct in the past and why it still happens.
What happened to the dinosaurs? Where is the dodo? What are the consequences of changes to the environment? What happens to habitats? What about competition? What is the impact of humans? Give examples to show that you understand.