Collection of Resources on Evolution. Including Presentations, web quests, labs, projects, articles and worksheets

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Evolution 101

by Alison Loomis

What is evolution and how does it work? Evolution 101 provides the nuts-and-bolts on the patterns and mechanisms of evolution. You can explore the following sections: An introduction to evolution: Evolution briefly defined and explained The history of life: looking at the patterns: How does evolution lead to the tree of life? Mechanisms: the processes of evolution: How does evolution work? Micro-evolution: How does evolution work on a small scale? Speciation: What are species anyway, and how do new ones evolve? Macro-evolution: How does evolution work on a grand scale? The big issues: What are some of the big questions that evolutionary biologists are trying to answer?
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Evolution Lab

by Alison Loomis

Do-it-yourself evolution! Use this humorous but powerful simulation tool to test the effects of selection, mutation and chance on the evolution of a trait. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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Human Evolution

by Janet Pinto

Online text covers one instance of the sudden appearance in artifacts and the conclusions that were drawn.
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This is a lesson on why it is important to teach and learn evolution and the nature of science. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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Evolution concept map

by Lani deGuia

Concept map with vocabulary key to teach the Theory of Evolution. Taken from The Biology Corner website (http://www.biologycorner.com).
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This video defines evolution and natural selection and attempts to clarify some common misconceptions.
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"Who Wants to be a Millionaire" formatted game covering concepts and facts around Natural Selection and evolutionary mechanisms.
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Worksheet: evolution, adaptations, variations.
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Plant Evolution Lab

by Alison Loomis

By the end of this exercise, you should be able to identify the various lignified cell types in cross sections of stem. You should know how to tell a moss from a fern; a gametophyte from a sporophyte. You should understand which cells are haploid and which diploid, and whether they are formed by mitosis, meiosis, or fertilization. You should be able to apply this information to the reproductive cycle in gymnosperms such as pine. The objectives of this lab are as follows: 1. To look at cellular specialization in plants, with emphasis on lignified cells that function in water transport and/or support. 2. To study the evolution of these vegetative structures in representative plants: a moss, a fern, a gymnosperm, and both a woody and a nonwoody angiosperm. 3. To examine the evolution of sexual cycles in a moss, a typical fern, and a gymnosperm. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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Plant Adaptation Game

by Alison Loomis

In this game, you must choose the best ecoregion for the given plants. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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Animal Adaptation Game

by Alison Loomis

In this game, you choose the best ecoregion for the given animal. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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The link in this resource presentes short videos on seven Evolving Ideas, which combine storytelling and science to spur classroom discussions about evolution. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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