Title: Intro to Evolution: How Did We Get Here? Grade Level

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Title: Intro to Evolution: How Did We Get Here?
Grade Level: 6 – 8
Time Allotment: 3 45-minute class periods
Overview: In this lesson, students will be introduced to Darwin’s theory of evolution and how it applies to human development throughout earth’s history. In the Introductory Activity, students learn about Charles Darwin and the foundation for the theory of evolution. In the Learning Activities, students explore the specifics of human evolution, through our earliest primate ancestors to the present day, through web interactives and video segments from the PBS series THE HUMAN SPARK. For the Culminating Activity, students discover humans’ evolutionary similarities and differences with the rest of the animal kingdom.

Students will be able to:

  • Explain Charles Darwin’s significance in the science of evolution;

  • Explain what natural selection means;

  • Identify characteristics of early hominid ancestors;

  • Discuss behavioral similarities between humans and primates;

  • Explain ways that we can tell that human and other animals share a common ancestor.

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