Evidences for Evolution

Project: Due Thursday, January 24

(7) Science concepts. The student knows evolutionary theory is a scientific explanation for the unity and diversity of life. The student is expected to:

  • (A) analyze and evaluate how evidence of common ancestry among groups is provided by the fossil record, biogeography, and homologies, including anatomical, molecular, and developmental;
  • (B) analyze and evaluate scientific explanations concerning any data of sudden appearance, stasis, and sequential nature of groups in the fossil record;

Charles Darwin

Evidence for evolution comes from several sources: the fossil record, biogeography, and homologies, including anatomical, molecular, and developmental. You and your team will investigate the main types of evidence that lead to the theory of evolution. You will work in groups to develop a presentation for the class demonstrating the areas that support evolution. Each group member will have a specific role and will conduct research based on that role. In your specific role, you should find 2-4 specific examples of evolution for your type of evidence.


EACH STUDENT will complete their "Role Sheet" with all sources cited.


EACH TEAM will create a Smore Poster that shows the important information found by the team.

Process:

  1. Your group will divide the four roles between group members.
  2. Use the suggested websites to find examples of evidence for evolution related to your role's field of study.
  3. Each role needs to find 2-4 specific examples of evidence for a group total of 8-12. Try to be as specific as possible (date discovered, who discovered it, etc.).
  4. Choose 2 pieces of evidence to include in a section on your team's poster. Be sure to identify what type of evidences they are (Fossil Record, Biogeography, Homology, Molecular Biology).

Roles:

For each role, you need to find evidence that corresponds with their field of study. You also need to include a statement on the significance of the evidence.
  • Paleontologist: You will focus on fossils
  • Biogeographer: You will focus on where living things are found
  • Anatomist: You will focus on the structure and function of things in living organisms
  • Molecular Biologist: You will focus on the genetics of living things

Evaluation:

1. "Role Sheet" - All questions completely answered. To receive full credit, each piece of evidence requires a citation and its significance.
  • Questions w/ 2 examples of evidence - 70.
  • Questions w/ 3 examples of evidence - 80. Questions w/ 4 examples of evidence - 90.
  • Questions w/ 5 or more examples of evidence - 100. Content Grade
2. Smore Poster
  • All roles represented with at least 2 examples of evidence (0-80pts)
  • Creativity and organization (0-20pts) Content Grade
3. Vocabulary Quiz/Group Participation Evaluation
  • Friday, January 25 Content Grade

Links to Websites

http://bioweb.cs.earlham.edu/9-12/evolution/HTML/live.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/04/index.html

http://www.learner.org/courses/essential/life/session5/closer2.html

http://www.course-notes.org/Biology/Outlines/Chapter_25_Phylogeny_and_Systematics

http://www.amnh.org/education/resources/scholastic/galapagos.php?src=schol_darwin

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/explorations/adaptation/index.htm

http://evolution.berkeley.edu/

http://www.fossilmuseum.net/FossilSites.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

http://users.rcn.com/jkimball.ma.ultranet/BiologyPages/E/Endosymbiosis.html

http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/0_0_0/lines_02

http://www.chem.duke.edu/~jds/cruise_chem/Exobiology/miller.html

http://bioweb.cs.earlham.edu/9-12/evolution/HTML/live.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/04/index.html

http://www.learner.org/courses/essential/life/session5/closer2.html

http://www.course-notes.org/Biology/Outlines/Chapter_25_Phylogeny_and_Systematics

http://www.amnh.org/education/resources/scholastic/galapagos.php?src=schol_darwin

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/explorations/adaptation/index.htm

http://evolution.berkeley.edu/

http://www.fossilmuseum.net/FossilSites.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

http://users.rcn.com/jkimball.ma.ultranet/BiologyPages/E/Endosymbiosis.html

http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/0_0_0/lines_02

http://www.chem.duke.edu/~jds/cruise_chem/Exobiology/miller.html

https://sites.google.com/site/sophiabridgersevievo/biogeography