11-14 Evolution Science

The Evolution of Flightless Birds

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources This activity allows students to investigate and develop their own theories as to why some species of birds have become flightless, including those of the Galapagos. Learning objectives Science: Investigate the evolution of flightless birds. Understand and explain differences between species. Students’ outcomes To use information sources and scientific knowledge […]

11-14 Evolution Science

Variation Between Species: A Ground-Breaking Study of Evolution in Action

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources This activity introduces and explores a long term scientific study on finches in the Galapagos by Rosemary and Peter Grant and the importance of this breakthrough study. Learning objectives Science: Variation between species and between individuals of the same species means some organisms compete more successfully, which can drive […]

11-14 Evolution Science

Gene Banks to Maintain Biodiversity: Save Our Seeds

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources The case study takes students to the Millennium Seed Bank and shows how scientists are working hard to preserve many of the world’s plant species.  Learning objectives Science: Investigate the development of scientific methods and understanding.  Understand the importance of maintaining biodiversity and the use of gene banks.  Students’ outcomes […]

11-14 Evolution Galapagos Focus Marine Iguanas Science

All About Variation

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources This is a short presentation introducing students to different types of variation in populations. Learning objectives Science: Variation between individuals within a species is continuous or discontinuous. Students’ outcomes To be able to explain and identify continuous and discontinuous variation.  To be able to explain the difference between environmental […]

11-14 Evolution Science

The Evolution of Flightless Birds: Physiology Focus

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources This activity enables students to investigate the physiology and adaptations of flightless cormorant and how it is suited to hunt in an aquatic environment.  Learning objectives Science: Investigate the evolution and physiology of the flightless cormorant. Understand the difference between species.  Using scientific knowledge and understanding answer and justify […]

11-14 Evolution Galapagos Focus Marine Iguanas Science

Variation between Species: The Curious Question of the Cristóbal Iguanas

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources This activity investigates the marine iguanas of San Cristóbal and how and why there are 2 distinct populations from one common ancestor. Learning objectives Science: Understand the process of heredity. Explain how variation between species can drive natural selection.  Understand how environmental changes can lead to changes in species. […]

11-14 Evolution Science

Basic Concepts in Genetics

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources Introduce your students to basic concepts in genetics. This section introduces the concept of genetic variation through considering inherited and environmental variations. Students will also research the structure of DNA. Learning objectives To know that heredity is the process by which genetic information is transmitted from one generation to […]

7-11 Evolution Galapagos Focus Marine Iguanas Science

Thermoregulation and the Marine Iguana

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources This activity builds on student’s knowledge of adaptation of species to their environment and investigates the concept of thermoregulation. Learning objectives Science: Identify adaptation of animals to their environment. Using scientific terminology to explain ideas. Students’ outcomes To be able to explain thermoregulation and how the marine iguana controls […]

7-11 Evolution Science

Penguin Adaptations: Different Place, Different Penguins

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources This activity introduces students to both the Galapagos and Adelie Penguin, enabling them to consider the different environmental features of their habitats and adaptations they have in order to survive living on the Equator and Antarctica. By comparing the two species, students will gain an understanding of how remarkable […]