The Theory of Evolution - Bio 20 HOTS

Biology 20 - By C. Acorn, LCHS

Description of Project

PART A: Students will create an interactive timeline on dipity of the events and contributions leading up to the development and acceptance of the Theory of Evolution

PART B: Students will rank the importance of each event or contribution in the development of the Theory of Evolution and justify their reasons for their selctions and rankings.

Question to be Answered

How did the contributions of others lead to Darwin’s formulation of the Theory of Evolution?

Since the Theory of Evolution was first proposed by Charles Darwin, how has the theory and the acceptance for the theory continued to change?  

Key Verbs

Create, Support, Rank, Prioritize, Organize

Student Product Expected, Evidence of understanding

Students will identify and chronologically organize the significant events and contributions that enabled Charles Darwin to formulate a theory of population change; evolution by means of natural selction.

Students will recognise that our understanding of the scientific world is a result of the contributions of many individuals from different realms of study. Charles Darwin’s model for evolution built on the ideas of Buffon (physiology), Cuvier (paleontology), Lyell (geology), Lamark (naturalist), Wallace (naturalist) and Malthus (political science).

Students will understand that theories rooted in the scientific method are not static and that an international scientific community maintains our growth in understanding the natural world as modern theories of change, such as punctuated equilibrium, gradualism and our understanding of modern genetics, continue to build on the work of Charles Darwin.

Curricular Outcomes

General Outcome 2

Students will explain the mechanisms involved in the change of populations over time.

20-B2.1k explain that variability in a species results from heritable mutations and that some

mutations may have a selective advantage

20–B2.3k compare Lamarckian and Darwinian explanations of evolutionary change

20–B2.4k summarize and describe lines of evidence to support the evolution of modern

species from ancestral forms; i.e., the fossil record, Earth’s history, biogeography,

homologous and analogous structures, embryology, biochemistry

20–B2.6k describe modern evolutionary theories; i.e., punctuated equilibrium, gradualism.

20–B2.1sts explain that scientific knowledge and theories develop through hypotheses, the

collection of evidence, investigation and the ability to provide explanations (NS2)