Evolution - Evidence for Evolution

Evolution - Evidence for Evolution

Lesson 5 of 13 in this unit

  • Cool+
  • Secondary
  • Year 10
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
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Lesson summary

Students work in groups to research one of five forms of evolutionary evidence and create a presentation on this evidence to share with the class.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand some of the different forms of evolutionary evidence, including fossils, comparative anatomy, DNA and protein structures, distribution of species, and embryology.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • conduct independent research
  • communicate their understanding.

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Lesson Plan

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:


Students learn to:

  • use the theory of evolution by natural selection to explain past and present diversity and analyse the scientific evidence supporting the theory (AC9S10U02)

Syllabus OutcomesSC5-9WS, SC5-14LW.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking. 

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 10 students explain the processes that underpin heredity and genetic diversity and describe the evidence supporting the theory of evolution by natural selection. They sequence key events in the origin and evolution of the universe and describe the supporting evidence for the big bang theory.

Resources required

  • Individual devices capable of accessing the internet – one per student
  • Factsheet – Evidence for evolution – one per student


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • communication
  • collaboration
  • curiosity

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low - oversee activity.

This is an original Cool+ lesson.

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