Evolution - Speciation

Evolution - Speciation

Lesson 4 of 13 in this unit

  • Cool+
  • Secondary
  • Year 10
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students explore the idea of speciation and the factors influencing speciation by identifying what types of habitats two species of monkey would be suited to based on their physical characteristics.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the factors affecting speciation.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • recognise the steps of speciation
  • make connections between between speciation and natural selection.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Phylogenic Trees and Human Origins - Speciation Factsheet

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.


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

  • creativity
  • critical thinking

Resources required

  • Art materials
  • Factsheet - Speciation
  • Individual devices capable of accessing the internet and making a recording
  • Student Worksheet - one copy per student

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - facilitate discussion and oversee activity.

This is an original Cool+ lesson.

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