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Uncover resources related to evolution. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. We have included a mix of interactives, lesson ideas, content, and more. Some sites may be more challenging reading, while others may offer solid basic information. Be sure to try several sources. Introduce your class to Darwin. 

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Check123 - Yuval Katz and Yuval Shani

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K to 12
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Think of Check123 as a video encyclopedia with over 20,000 videos from around the world. Each video is approximately 1, 2, or 3 minutes in length. Videos are curated and ...more
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Think of Check123 as a video encyclopedia with over 20,000 videos from around the world. Each video is approximately 1, 2, or 3 minutes in length. Videos are curated and validated by experts to ensure accuracy and quality. Quality ratings for each entry provide a score of up to 10 points based on accuracy, quality, and entertainment value. Search for any topic or browse through the many categories. Free signup allows you to save videos and request videos for addition to the site. Check123 is a very powerful tool for the classroom. You can create a lesson and search for videos from your lesson or copy and paste a relevant article and Check123 will scan its data base for you. Create quizzes and discussions for the videos that will reside on the videos' timeline. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (319), art history (81), artists (77), cells (99), chemicals (45), civil war (141), cold war (30), diseases (71), drugs and alcohol (25), earth (224), evolution (102), explorers (67), human body (133), industrial revolution (26), internet safety (117), movies (69), oceans (165), planets (131), plants (175), space (226), war of 1812 (15), world war 1 (56), world war 2 (140)

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Bookmark Check123 on your classroom computers for access throughout the year. Pull up short videos on any topic to introduce or reinforce content. Be sure to share a link to this site on your class webpage. Have students use Check123 to find videos on any topic, plants or evolution for example, then share the different videos to learn together. Have students make a multimedia presentation using Genial.ly, reviewed here, and include videos found on this site to include in the presentation.

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Teach.Genetics - Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah

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9 to 12
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Find free tools and resources for teaching genetics, bioscience, and health at Teach.Genetics. Scroll down the page to view an alphabetized list of all available curriculum models,...more
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Find free tools and resources for teaching genetics, bioscience, and health at Teach.Genetics. Scroll down the page to view an alphabetized list of all available curriculum models, or choose the link to the Curriculum Index at the top of the page to find the complete list of available materials. Each model includes complete teaching materials, including student and teacher guides as well as supplemental material such as worksheets and quizzes.

tag(s): body systems (58), evolution (102), genealogy (7), genetics (87), heart (40), human body (133)

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Take advantage of the many free educational materials for use in your science classroom. Use materials from this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Share topics from Teach.Genetics with students for use with science fair projects. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Slidestory, reviewed here. This site allows you to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Use a tool such as bubbl.us, reviewed here, to create and share the concept maps of information included with activities.
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The 25 Biggest Turning Points in Earth's History - BBC Earth

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7 to 12
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BBC Earth offers this interesting look at their 25 choices for the biggest turning points in Earth's history. Scroll through to learn about events beginning with the birth of Earth...more
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BBC Earth offers this interesting look at their 25 choices for the biggest turning points in Earth's history. Scroll through to learn about events beginning with the birth of Earth 4.5 billion years ago to the evolution of the human race 200,000 years ago. Each event includes approximate dates and a short description of the occurrence. Some events include animation. See these by clicking "Play Video." At the time of this review the animations were problematic using Safari. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.
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tag(s): cells (99), dinosaurs (54), earth (224), evolution (102), mammals (34), plants (175)

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Ask students to consider the question of the 25 biggest turning points in Earth's history before viewing this site together, and then compare responses. Have students brainstorm or collect ideas on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here, (quick start- no membership required!). Use this site as inspiration for students to create their own 25 (or whatever) choices for the biggest turning points in their life, your state, their country, a country they are studying, or any subject they are studying. Ask students to present their own 25 to their peers using an interactive poster like Adope Spark, reviewed here.

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Evolution - WGBH/NOVA Science Unit and Clear Blue Sky Productions

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6 to 12
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This is the ultimate site for finding out about Evolution! Find excellent information in the Evolution Library where there is an unbelievable amount of resources about Darwin, History...more
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This is the ultimate site for finding out about Evolution! Find excellent information in the Evolution Library where there is an unbelievable amount of resources about Darwin, History of Life, Evolution of Diversity, Why Evolution Matters, and more. Find online courses in the For Teachers section. View the various lessons, resources, and online material about evolution found in the For Students section of this site. Find even more resources by clicking on the icon for various evolution topics: Darwin, Change, Survival, Sex, Extinction, Humans, and Religion.

tag(s): animals (319), evolution (102), fossils (45), geologic time (10), plants (175)

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Provide this link on your class page for students to access. Provide time in class for students to view specific links as groups and report their findings in a class discussion. Be sure to check out the case studies found in the For Teachers section for great advice on teaching evolution to students and overcoming misconceptions and misunderstandings. Use the activities in the downloadable Teacher's Guide. Rather than debate evolution, encourage students to identify the misconceptions of evolution and identify the scientific evidence against these misconceptions. To help students, discuss the reasons why understanding evolution is important.
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Untamed Science - Rob Nelson

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6 to 12
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Make science fun using Untamed Science. Focusing on biology and ecology, these videos and quick fact pages offer high interest and fast paced information in many topics. Search or browse...more
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Make science fun using Untamed Science. Focusing on biology and ecology, these videos and quick fact pages offer high interest and fast paced information in many topics. Search or browse through the full list of videos. Begin at either Tree of Life or Biology to find categories within each section. Be sure to also check out the How-to Filmmaking portion of the site to learn about filmmaking, beginning with the basics through advanced filmmaking approaches. If your district blocks YouTube, the video clips may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Tube Offline, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. While most topics are appropriate for teenage students, you may want to preview.

tag(s): amphibians (21), animals (319), biomes (139), cells (99), ecology (133), evolution (102), fish (24), genetics (87), mammals (34), planets (131), reptiles (12), video (271)

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Use videos from this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Create a link to videos (or use the embed code from the YouTube page) on your class website or blog for students to view at home. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own science videos modeled after these and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Top Documentary Films - topdocumentaryfilms.com

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7 to 12
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Top Documentary Films contains a large collection of documentaries from around the world. Choose "Browse Documentaries" to explore documentaries available, or click on categories to...more
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Top Documentary Films contains a large collection of documentaries from around the world. Choose "Browse Documentaries" to explore documentaries available, or click on categories to view by topics such as Politics, Science, etc. Choose the documentary list to view a complete listing of all available films. Each listing includes a short description along with a link to view the video. Videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Tube Offline, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. Be sure to PREVIEW videos before showing to a class as they are unmoderated. Comments are also unmoderated. There is a wonderful disclaimer at the lower left of the home page about bias and documentaries. It is well worth noting as you watch ANY "documentary."
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tag(s): advanced placement (25), animals (319), artists (77), biographies (87), drugs and alcohol (25), environment (321), evolution (102), hiv/aids (19), humor (14), media literacy (66), mental health (27), money (184), politics (101), psychology (64), religions (69), sports (98), vietnam (34)

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Use this site to find videos in a wide range of topics to share on your interactive whiteboard, on a projector, or as a link on your class web page. Use videos to demonstrate different points of view. Then use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram,reviewed here. to compare and contrast information. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from any film using a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here. Want to engage students WHILE they watch a video? Why not set up a backchannel chat using GoSoapBox, reviewed here. Be sure to ask your class if there could have been any bias in the video you watch together. What film techniques influence our thinking?
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A-Z Animals - Millie Bond

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2 to 9
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A-Z Animals is an online animal encyclopedia and much more! Browse through the large list of animals in several different ways. Sort by alphabetical listing, Scientific names, group,...more
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A-Z Animals is an online animal encyclopedia and much more! Browse through the large list of animals in several different ways. Sort by alphabetical listing, Scientific names, group, location, endangered animals, pictures, or favorites. Each selection contains beautiful images and extensive information including basic facts, habitat, and behavior. Click the "listen" icon near the top of the page to listen to all text on each page (read by a synthesized voice). Print each page in PDF format using the Print link also located on a tab near the top of the page. In addition to the animal encyclopedia, explore the large selection of reference articles including many topics such as habitat, life cycle, and evolution. Other great features of this site include online quizzes and games. This site is one you will want to explorer and save! The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.
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tag(s): animal homes (62), animals (319), biodiversity (35), evolution (102), habitats (107)

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Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further exploration during and after your animal or biodiversity unit. Explore information about the Animal of the Day. Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Print animal pages for use in classroom reading centers or for Guided Reading instruction. This site is perfect for use with Special Education and ESL/ELL students in upper elementary and above-- if their listening vocabulary is strong enough. Provide headphones and allow them to listen to information from any page. Have cooperative learning groups use information from this site to create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here.
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Evogeneao - Evogeneao

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Introduce evolution with the Evogeneao tree of life. This resource promotes teaching and acceptance of the biological theory of evolution in one transformative way. Life on Earth is...more
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Introduce evolution with the Evogeneao tree of life. This resource promotes teaching and acceptance of the biological theory of evolution in one transformative way. Life on Earth is one big extended family. Not only are we related to every other living thing in some way, but also to everything that has ever lived.
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tag(s): animals (319), biodiversity (35), evolution (102), plants (175)

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Introduce the concept beginning with the Evolutionary Genealogy section. Just as we are so, "many times removed" from a distant relative, all life on Earth is related and can be measured. Find great lesson starters and resources for understanding and teaching evolution to students Don't miss the "For Teachers" section. Students can find their favorite animal in the Tree of Life and trace it backwards to find a common ancestor with humans.

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On-Line Biology Book - Michael J. Farabee, Ph.D

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9 to 12
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This site provides a complete, online community college level biology book containing 59 chapters covering topics from atoms and molecules through human evolution. Choose the link for...more
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This site provides a complete, online community college level biology book containing 59 chapters covering topics from atoms and molecules through human evolution. Choose the link for any chapter to begin. Each chapter is complete as you would find in a typical textbook along with images and links to definitions of keywords. View additional information links at the end of each chapter for further resources. Be sure to check out the excellent glossary included in chapter 58.

tag(s): animals (319), atoms (54), bacteria (30), body systems (58), cells (99), evolution (102), genetics (87), human body (133), molecules (45), photosynthesis (33), plants (175)

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Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access as a reference or use for enrichment. Use this site as inspiration and have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Are you flipping your classroom? Use this site along with other online resources as part of your at-home learning resources.

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Brain Genie - CK12 Foundation

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1 to 12
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This STEM Initiative provides easy to understand and detailed videos about Math and Science concepts for grades 1-12. Choose from the categories: 1-8 Math, Algebra I, Chemistry, 6-8...more
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This STEM Initiative provides easy to understand and detailed videos about Math and Science concepts for grades 1-12. Choose from the categories: 1-8 Math, Algebra I, Chemistry, 6-8 Math, Precalculus, and more. Click to a specific topic within the category. View the video lesson and answer questions about material learned. If you miss a question, a pop up explains the topic again. You are directed to try to answer the questions again. Choose to review the topic again or move on to the next lesson. Practice and learn without registering or register to earn badges to show your progress through the topics.

tag(s): angles (87), area (71), cells (99), decimals (125), ecology (133), equations (153), evolution (102), fractions (229), game based learning (138), genetics (87), logic (246), molecules (45), money (184), operations (119), patterns (87), percent (80), perimeter (29), photosynthesis (33), place value (55), probability (136), problem solving (292), ratios (62), respiration (17), sequencing (29), STEM (197), volume (53)

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Find great ideas for using this tool in the classroom with this video. Be sure to include this link with your resources for students to find alternate explanations to topics for better understanding. Assign various topics as a review in addition to lecture and other classroom activities. Assign a specific topic (not already learned in class) for cooperative groups to view. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site/activity using a tool such as WordItOut, reviewed here. Take this a step further and ask students to create an interactive infographic explaining the words using Infogr.am, reviewed here.

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One Zoom Tree of Life Explorer - One Zoom 2012

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8 to 12
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View and zoom into areas of the Tree of Life Explorer interactive viewer. Click on an area of the tree to zoom in to identify how species are related to ...more
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View and zoom into areas of the Tree of Life Explorer interactive viewer. Click on an area of the tree to zoom in to identify how species are related to one another and the evolutionary relationships that exist between species. Find where paths diverged in the past to create new branches of the tree of life. More trees are planned for the future to explore other classes of animals. At the time of this review topics included: the tree of bird life, the tree of mammal life, the tree of amphibian life, and a tutorial.

tag(s): amphibians (21), biodiversity (35), birds (52), evolution (102), mammals (34)

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Use this site to view how organisms are related and identify the evolutionary relationships among the different animals and biodiversity. Use this site as a springboard to discussions in class. Share the videos and interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Research information that explains and shows the evolutionary evidence that exists. Have students create their own simple infographic of a single species in relationship to its "relatives."

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So What Does It Mean To Be Human? - Smithsonian Institute

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Explore a wealth of images, research, and information about human origins in this visually rich site from the National Museum of Natural History. View "Human Evolution Evidence," "Human...more
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Explore a wealth of images, research, and information about human origins in this visually rich site from the National Museum of Natural History. View "Human Evolution Evidence," "Human Evolution Research," and "Human Characteristics," as well as other resources. Don't miss the 3D views of fossils. It's even better than an actual museum visit, since you can move and rotate the objects yourself.

tag(s): evolution (102), fossils (45)

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View specific topics such as "Tools and Food" under "Human Characteristics." Read the material as it explains the science behind the time and use estimations. Challenge students to describe how scientists have derived at an explanation provided. Follow up with "Fossil Forensics: Interactive" under "Human Evolution Research" to see the specific portions scientists are talking about. Here, 3D pictures including microscopic views have details circled for better understanding. You may want to have this set up at a computer in your room as a "center," or have the url on your website, where students can make further investigations on their own.
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eSkeletons - University of Texas

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Use eSkeletons to understand human anatomy. View the bones of human and non-human primates using this interactive tool. Select the human skeleton to start the anatomical study. Mouseover...more
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Use eSkeletons to understand human anatomy. View the bones of human and non-human primates using this interactive tool. Select the human skeleton to start the anatomical study. Mouseover the skeleton to select a specific bone to look closer. View various planes for different frames of reference. Click on morphology, origins, insertions, and articulations for more information. View a QuickTime movie for a 3D view of that specific skeletal part. Click on the Comparative Anatomy tab to view common bones between various organisms and planes of view. Use the Taxonomic Tree tab to determine the relationship between the various primates.

tag(s): dissection (11), evolution (102), human body (133)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use to discuss many topics including evolution. Determine relatedness by using the Taxonomic Tree as well as common bones and other features of the primates. Use as an introduction to anatomy or dissection. This is a great find for gifted students (logic or unusual topics, for example or a site where students can do more in-depth investigation related to a "standard" curriculum topic)! Have students complete a multimedia project related to one of the concepts discussed at this site. Rather than a traditional report, have students create magazine covers that mimic the real thing using the Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here.
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Kinetic City - American Association for the Advancement of Science

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Choose from a great selection of experiments, games, and activities to challenge students with science concepts. Choose from many activities in the following categories: "The Lab Car,"...more
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Choose from a great selection of experiments, games, and activities to challenge students with science concepts. Choose from many activities in the following categories: "The Lab Car," "Mission to Vearth," "The Science Gym," and "Spark Club." Creating a login is not required to play. Registering allows points to accumulate and view progress through the site. Click on "Educators" for information on creating a Science Club and other information.

tag(s): evolution (102), nutrition (159)

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Use the activities in each section to compliment other activities. For example, use activities in "The Science Gym" to learn about Respiration and Fitness. Share some of this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. View printable instructions for each activity, simple directions (some require actual classroom materials,) and answer the conclusion questions. Play Smartfoot Nutrition to answer questions about nutrition and healthy living in a fun and interactive way.

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Your Inner Fish - University of Chicago

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Looking for evidence of evolution of many of our characteristics? View or download the slide sets that explore the relationship between other species and ourselves. Review how all organisms...more
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Looking for evidence of evolution of many of our characteristics? View or download the slide sets that explore the relationship between other species and ourselves. Review how all organisms are connected and related on this planet.

tag(s): classification (24), evolution (102)

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Use to discuss classification of animals as classification schemes use DNA evidence, homology, and evolution. Provide different schemes of classification to groups to investigate. Allow students to report back to the class on what has been learned for discussion. Use this discussion to understand the basic similarities of many organisms. Follow with observation of preserved specimens or dissection to identify these characteristics. Have cooperative learning groups create a multimedia presentation to share their findings. Challenge students to narrate a picture using a tool such as Slidestory, reviewed here. This tool allows you to narrate the slides and images. Or have groups create an interactive online poster using Lucidpress, reviewed here.
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Darwin - American Museum of Natural History

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8 to 12
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Explore some of Darwin's most revolutionary ideas with this site that focuses on his profound influences on the scientific world. Highlights include a timeline of controversy, a streaming...more
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Explore some of Darwin's most revolutionary ideas with this site that focuses on his profound influences on the scientific world. Highlights include a timeline of controversy, a streaming video providing an overview of his life and work, detailed documentation from his monumental Beagle voyage, and biographical information. The video requires Real Player. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): darwin (10), evolution (102)

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This resource provides an excellent introduction to Darwin's work for younger students. Create a simple Web hunt to guide them through the content. Older students can apply critical analysis to Darwin's findings and the manner in which his work is still influencing society and education two centuries after his birth.
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Intelligent Designs on Evolution - American RadioWorks

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9 to 12
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The debate over intelligent design in the classroom is continually in the news and sparks many strong feelings among educators and members of school communities. This documentary examines...more
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The debate over intelligent design in the classroom is continually in the news and sparks many strong feelings among educators and members of school communities. This documentary examines the concept of intelligent design and offers a series of articles focusing on religion in schools. Interviews, audio transcripts, and related links round out this balanced view of a rather thorny topic.

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Pair with a study of the 1925 Scopes Trial, use as the basis for a "current events" class debate (with a focus on the court system), or challenge students to be on the lookout for similar news items from across the country.

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Understanding Evolution - UC Paleontology Museum

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This gem of a site covers a huge range of evolution-based issues from the most basic (What IS evolution?) to more esoteric questions (How does it factor into my life?). ...more
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This gem of a site covers a huge range of evolution-based issues from the most basic (What IS evolution?) to more esoteric questions (How does it factor into my life?). Teachers can glean some great ideas for teaching fundamental aspects of the theory, explaining common misconceptions and research procedures, and outlining the changes that have occurred in our understanding of the process.

tag(s): darwin (10), evolution (102)

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There is SO much to explore on this site, but be sure to check out the collection of lesson plans for all grade levels.
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