Charles Darwin's Observations

How did Charles Darwin become one of the most recognized names in biology? Introduce young naturalists to the early history of Darwin using a brief Fuse School Evolution video. The narrator discusses Darwin's beginnings as a theology student, how he came to be a member of the H.M.S. Beagle scientific crew, and his remarkable observations made in the Galapagos Islands.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Kick off an evolution unit with the video
  • Follow up with an in-depth look at Darwin's finch findings
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource gives an overview of the topic of natural selection, making it suitable for learners with little or no prior knowledge
Pros
  • Narrator brings a more personal side of Darwin to light by describing his hobbies and innate curiosity
  • The video sets the stage for continued study of natural selection and related topics by relating a well-rounded list of discoveries made during his five-year voyage
Cons
  • None
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