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Wikis in the Classroom: Evolution Research Project

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Note: This is third post in a three-part series focusing on Wikis in the classroom. Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, the basis for his seminal work On the Origin of Species, is an overarching theme in our seventh grade life science course.  As a year-end experience, our students complete “The Evolution Project“.  [...]

Evolution Research Project

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, the basis for his seminal work On the Origin of Species, is an overarching theme in our seventh grade life science course. As a year-end experience, our students complete “The Evolution Project“. This multi-faceted, well scaffolded endeavor includes and combines scholarly research, public speaking, technology, and differentiation [...]

Modeling Natural Selection

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Natural selection, the process by which heritable traits become more common in a population over generations, is a cornerstone of biology.  This vitally important concept is often difficult for students to fully grasp, however,  because it is abstract and cannot be observed in the laboratory.  Consequently, students’ understanding of natural selection is often vocabulary-driven at [...]