Evolution - Darwin versus Wallace

Evolution - Darwin versus Wallace

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

Students learn about the achievements of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, and in particular the importance of their contributions to the theory of evolution.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the roles that Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace played in developing our theory of evolution.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • conduct research
  • demonstrate an understanding of the theory of evolution by explaining it in their own words
  • communicate their understanding effectively to others.

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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)

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.

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

  • communication

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low - oversee activity.

This is an original Cool+ lesson.

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