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Darwin teaching resources

Resources | Published 10 February, 2012

Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) was an English naturalist famous for his theories on evolution, which he claimed resulted from a process called natural selection. Starting with his work in the Galapagos Islands, his theories moved from animal adaptations/inheritance right through to his work on human evolution and sexual selection.

This collection celebrates Darwin Day – observed every year on 12 February – with games, quizzes, lesson plans and video resources for primary, secondary and post-16 levels as well as resources provided by some of our partners.

Primary Darwin resources

Following in Darwin’s footsteps

Students learning about Darwin recreate some of his experiments involving flora and fauna for the Science Prize in 2007.

Charles Darwin and evolution

Detailed lesson plans and image resources for the Charles Darwin and evolution theme.

Adaptation

Introduce pupils to how animals adapt to their environment with this set of images and flashcards.


Secondary Darwin resources

Darwin Day assembly

Celebrate Darwin Day with this assembly plan and accompanying video from TrueTube.

Darwin and Lamarck PowerPoint

A summary of Lamarck’s and Darwin’s theories on evolution and natural selection.

Adaptations in animals and plants

A detailed lesson on animal and plant adaptations on land and in the sea as well as the influence of surface area to volume ratios on body shape.

Charles Darwin cartoon strip

Students create cartoon strips telling the life of Charles Darwin with as few words as possible.

Darwin and evolution

A detailed lesson plan for a topic on Darwin and evolution – includes useful images and timeline activities.

Information gap jigsaw

Four different texts on Darwin’s life, the impact and development of theories of evolution and the conflicts between scientific and religious ideas about life on earth and the natural world.


Resources from BBC Learning Zone Class Clips

Darwin video clips

A collection of videos to deepen students’ understanding of the theory of evolution, natural selection and variation and inheritance.

Adaptation: nocturnal and diurnal animals

A report about the significant differences and adaptations between nocturnal and diurnal animals.

Evolution of complex life

Professor Brian Cox explains the theory that the development of the eye by a predator in the Cambrian era may have started an evolutionary explosion and the development of complex life forms.


Resources from Project Gutenberg

The Origin of Species

Darwin’s definitive work on evolution and natural selection drawn from his time on the Galapagos Islands.

The Autobiography of Charles Darwin

The life of Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) - his theories and findings on the diversity of life, evolution and natural selection.

Coral Reefs

Arguably one of Darwin’s greatest pieces of work, containing his coral theory which helped explain the formation of these great ecosystems.

Charles Darwin: His Life

Darwin’s autobiography with a series of published letters.


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