Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Investigating the Evidence for Evolution (Day 4 of 4) - Section 4: The Classroom Flow: Wrapping Up


The Payne Paleobiology Lab at Stanford University, headed up by Dr. J. Payne, investigates mass extinction events and the evolution of living things as a whole over time.  One area of study that seems small but has significant clues into many aspects of the lives of organisms is body size.  This research paper written by Dr. Payne reviews this specific variable and how it relates to many other characteristics of living things that can lead to interesting research questions and ideas.  

My students this year were really interested in the work I did at the Payne lab to support the work of the researchers there and if we had not run out of time in the semester before final exams, I would have liked to give students this paper and unpack it together.  I believe they were ready, both in terms of content knowledge and academic reading skills, and I am going to structure my plan for next year to include this reading and discussion activity that could support student knowledge of the process of science as well as their ability to make connections between mass, metabolism, evolution, ecological factors/niches, and geologic time.

  Adjustments to Practice: Potential Extension: Working with a Scientific Paper
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Investigating the Evidence for Evolution (Day 4 of 4)

Unit 8: Unit 8: Evolution & Biological Diversity
Lesson 9 of 11

Objective: SWBAT identify, describe, and analyze the four major areas of scientific evidence for evolution.

Big Idea: Use this jigsaw activity and research paper analysis to get students analyzing the different types of scientific evidence in support of evolution!

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