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Evolution accolade

Topic: Adaption & interdependence

Research into how evolution works has been named top science achievement of 2005 by the prestigious US journal Science. This activity introduces pupils to ideas about evolution in the context of habitats and environment. Pupils then design new features they would like humans to evolve to help us to survive more easily in modern habitats.

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· Evolution happens by chance. Animals and plants often evolve in response to changes to habitats.

Pupils will demonstrate this by designing appropriate and innovative features they would like to see humans evolve in order to help us survive more easily in modern habitats.

Curriculum Link

QCA unit 6a - interdependence and adaptation
· Different animals and plants are found in different habitats
· How animals and plants are suited to their environment

Running the Activity

Introducing the activity

· Display page 1 through a projector or as an OHT. Ask students to discuss each evolution idea - is it a good one? Would you like this feature?

· Display page 2 and talk through the ideas about evolution given here. Emphasise the relationship between evolution and habitats - living things often evolve in response to habitat changes.

Leading the main activity

· Give each small group a copy of page 3. Give pupils an opportunity to think of several possible features they would like humans to evolve before asking them to make a final choice and complete the sheet with words and drawings. Make sure they focus on changes that would help humans to survive in changing habitats.

· Following completion of this activity, ask groups to present their ideas to the class. Encourage other members of the class to listen critically and ask questions.

Web Links

BBC news
BBC News page about the story, with lots of useful links:

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