Students investigate the dual dimensions of human evolution - physical advances and human achievements - by creating a Museum of Human Evolution in their classroom.
- understand that landmark achievements of human beings throughout human history can be considered part of the ongoing story of human evolution.
- explain why human evolution isn’t just a measure of advancement in physical traits, but can also be measured by human achievement
- communicate complex scientific subjects.
Lesson guides and printables
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 Outcomes: 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.
- Individual devices capable of accessing the internet
- Student Worksheet - one per student
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- social skills
- digital literacy
- critical thinking
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low - oversee activity.
Related professional learning
Quick summary: Gain an overview of the Big History story, why it is important for Primary education and the cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability, and how to apply a critical, inquiry-based perspective to science education across all areas of the curriculum. There will be opportunities to learn about a range of tools, tips, lessons and resources that focus on a multi-disciplinary approach.