Fact Patterns: A Film Guide

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What does it take to create a scientific theory? Learners attempt to answer the question by studying the work of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. While watching a video, they track observations from each scientist and then look for patterns in these results. They then write their own theories based on their notes from the observations.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use as an exploration of the scientific method
  • After the activity, have classes compare and contrast the Darwin and Wallace theories 
Classroom Considerations
  • An understanding of natural selection prior to the activity is helpful
  • Includes detailed background information for additional study
  • Provides a key with sample answers to the student handout
  • None