Evolution and Fossils



Fossils

http://www.nuttinbutpreschool.com/how-to-make-fossil-dough/
How to make play dough that looks like rock. 
Great for making fossil prints. Here

http://www.thecraftyclassroom.com/CraftGeologyFossil.html
How to make fossils from Plaster of Paris
Here
But check these common teaching pitfalls here

Archaeopteryx
This is a great image for discussion with children about the link between birds and dinosaurs. Click for a larger version.
More info on Archaeopteryx here

Learn More

http://www.reachoutcpd.com/courses/upper-primary/evolution-and-inheritance/
Reach Out CPD have 4 units for primary teachers on evolution.
Try them out here.

Songs

Try singing Tristan Thomas's Adaptation song with your class. Here

https://soundcloud.com/mark-and-the-gortones/the-story-of-all-life-wrong-direction
An entertaining song about evolution by Mark and the Gortones. Here
The lyrics are here if you want to get children to join in.

Mary Anning. Fossil Collector

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/mary_anning/
The BBCs great Primary History page on Mary Anning.

Charles Darwin

http://darwin200.christs.cam.ac.uk/pages/index.php?page_id=j
Useful information on Darwin for kids. Here

The Tree of Life

There is a simple downloadable Tree of Life below but these two ideas give some background and context.

Darwin's tree of life from his notebook. Click for a larger image.

A more detailed tree of life. Click for a larger image.



Lesson Ideas

http://www.millgatehouse.co.uk/product/lets-talk-evolution/
A great teaching guide from Millgate House.
They have given us a free sample activity

blueprint
Introduce children to DNA.
Read the Monster Story Here
Monster icon
So now you can build a monster Here


How to teach evolution well!
Some great advice on this website.
Especially these common pitfalls here


http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/lessons/preying_on_beans.html
How does evolution happen?
Use this Bean Hunt activity to find out.
Video

http://jurassiccoast.org/education/kids-zone
How Fossils Form
From the excellent Jurassic Coast website.
Great video with no narration. Get the children to do it.
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