Evolution - How Fossils Support the Theory of Evolution

Evolution - How Fossils Support the Theory of Evolution

Lesson 6 of 13 in this unit

  • Cool+
  • Secondary
  • Year 10
  • Science
  • Biology
  • The Arts
  • Music
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students undertake research to explore the role of fossils in supporting the theory of evolution and communicate their understanding of the importance of fossils by rewriting the lyrics of a song by a ‘fossil’.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the role of fossils in the theory of evolution.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • identify examples of fossils used to support the theory of evolution
  • communicate complex scientific subjects.

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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)

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


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

  • communication
  • digital literacy
  • creativity
  • critical thinking

Additional info

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

This is an original Cool+ lesson.

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