Reflection: Lesson Planning Can You Dig It? - Section 1: Warm-up


Now that students have become comfortable talking about evolution in the context of science I think it is important to bring up what we know about human evolution.  This is intimidating to some teachers I work with, they are worried about parent complaints but I have yet to receive any negative parent communication.  I am open with parents from the beginning of the year that this is one of the topics that we study and all I have ever been asked is if I allow students to make up their own minds on what they believe (yes, is the answer...).  

Students have occasionally brought up religion, but I just honestly answer that I am not qualified to have that discussion with them as I am not religious myself so I don't have enough of a background to discuss religion and all I can speak on with authority is what science tells us.  Students have always accepted that answer without any issues.  Students are very curious about human evolution and it is worth taking some time to introduce them to our current scientific understanding.

The videos referenced in this section do a great job of explaining the fossil record that documents the evolution of humans while connecting back to the topics students have learned during this unit.  Now that students understand more about the evolution of birds from dinosaurs, they are ready to understand the same connection as it relates to humans.  I especially like the references to the common ancestor of humans and primates and the excellent footage of fossil recovery and preparation.  The real world connection that the videos provide is essential in providing students with the relevance of the topic and helps to keep them excited and motivated as we move through the unit.

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Can You Dig It?

Unit 6: Evidence of Common Ancestry
Lesson 10 of 12

Objective: SWBAT build a skeleton from discovered "fossilized" bones and use them to make inferences about the organism.

Big Idea: Dig it up, put it together and discover its story. Students put their archaeology skills to the test.

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