Laney Lee

Evidence for Evolution – Research Project




Looking for an extension activity for your evolution unit? Do you need an engaging for students to extend their learning? If so, this Evidence for Evolution Research Project is the perfect resource for you!


In this engaging project, students are instructed to make 2 slides on each topic. One slide describing what this topic is, and a second slide discussing how this topic contributes to the Theory of Evolution.


Additionally, students are instructed to submit their research notes and cite their sources on the final slide of their presentation.


This is a perfect way to check for student comprehension while also reinforcing the key pieces of evidence which led to the theory of evolution.


Who is this resource for?

This resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-9.


Topics covered include:

  • Fossils
  • Homologous Structures
  • Analogous Structures
  • Vestigial Structures
  • Embryology
  • DNA Evidence


How Can I Use this Project?

  • Formative or Summative assessment
  • An independent work station in a set of stations
  • Differentiation – Assign this project as an alternative assignment
  • Homework
  • Extension activity for early finishers or for students who show a special interest in the topic
  • Use as a square on a Choice Board


What’s Included?

  • Project Description
  • Rubric


Purchase includes a printable PDF file in color with answer key. On page 2 of this resource you will find a link to a student friendly Google Slide version of this file. You will be able to copy this file and use it with Google Classroom or any other paperless initiative.


Please take a look at the preview file to see more of this resource.


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Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships. Emphasis is on explanations of the evolutionary relationships among organisms in terms of similarity or differences of the gross appearance of anatomical structures.
Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past. Emphasis is on finding patterns of changes in the level of complexity of anatomical structures in organisms and the chronological order of fossil appearance in the rock layers. Assessment does not include the names of individual species or geological eras in the fossil record.
Analyze displays of pictorial data to compare patterns of similarities in the embryological development across multiple species to identify relationships not evident in the fully formed anatomy. Emphasis is on inferring general patterns of relatedness among embryos of different organisms by comparing the macroscopic appearance of diagrams or pictures. Assessment of comparisons is limited to gross appearance of anatomical structures in embryological development.


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