Evolution and Fossils
Missing Link Fossils
In the resources below there are three missing link cards (as above) and three matching fossil photos, Archaeopteryx, Thrinaxodon and Ichthyostega. Together they can be used as a great prediction/matching activity.
Tree of Life
There is a simple printable tree of life in the resources below.
Darwin's tree of life from his notebook.
A more detailed tree of life.
The Simpsons title sequence does evolution.
How Thrinaxodon hibernated to help it survive the mass dinosaur extinction.
CPD on Evolution
A free activity from Millgate House from their book Lat's Talk about Evolution
SOLO Taxonomy based assessment criteria for working towards, expected and mastery.
A worksheet where children can use the Tree of Life to discover the changes a species has gone through over time - What has evolved from what!
A very simple tree of life. New toilet paper edition - cut this into sections and lay them out along unrolled toilet paper to create a scaled timeline.
Fossils give us evidence of evolution - 3 sheets for children to observe and label missing link fossils.
Information about the three missing link creature above.
A simple game based on the corners game. Can you avoid extinction? There are some slides on the slideshow below that can be used with this if you like.
As used at the Manchester University session.
A set of true/false questions based on the title sequence video above.
The worksheet (for printing on squared paper) is for children as a follow up to the Bean Hunt activity above.
Great song with Lyrics by Tristan Thomas
Advanced this, but a handy guide to how you can extract DNA in the classroom. Warning: uses methylated spirits. Check safety precautions before using.
Intended for KS3 but could be useful.
Use your understanding of gens to work out offspring eye colour.
Simple family tree for using with the question sheet.
For use with the family tree above.
What superpowers would you have if Spiderman was your Dad and Wonderwoman was your Mum?
A quick group investigation that explores how individuals are different or similar.
Planet ESNOV Slideshow - Adaptation. By Alex Sinclair
A great slideshow introducing a new planet. Children have to think up creatures with adaptations that allow them to survive.
Variation Data Analysis. By Alex Sinclair
An activity where children collect and compare data about themselves to learn about variation.