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Darwin's Darkest Hour
Learn the Science
EXPLORE EVOLUTION AND RELIGION
Darwin risked the fury of the church, and perhaps a rift with his own wife, if he published his theories. Help students delve into the issues and the times.
Darwin's Darkest Hour (Video)
Learn about the religious conflict Darwin faced while pursuing his ideas about natural selection. (Chapter 4, 10 mins.)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/beta/evolution/darwins-darkest-hour.html


Evolution Revolution (Interactive Timeline)
Follow the rise of evolution, its challenges, battles in schools, and reconciliation, from the 1600s to present day.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/religion/revolution


Why Is Evolution Controversial Anyway? (Video)
Consider different points of view, as scientists, religious leaders, and college students share their opinions about evolution, science, and religious faith. (6:34 mins.)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/educators/teachstuds/svideos.html


The Nature of Science (Lesson)
Conduct a survey of family and friends about what they think science is.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/educators/lessons/lesson1/act1.html

Curriculum Connections
Nature of science, definition of science, scientific theory, hypothesis, law, evolution

Standards
Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry; History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, Nature of scientific knowledge



EXTENSION ACTIVITY
Ancient Farmers of the Amazon (Lesson)
Analyze research on leafcutter ants to better understand the scientific process.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/educators/lessons/lesson1/act3.html

Curriculum Connections
Scientific process and research procedures: predictions, hypotheses, observation, scientific data, evidence, and testing; nature of science; what scientists do

Standards
Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry; History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, Nature of scientific knowledge



   

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