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NOVA’s Evolution Lab Worksheets and Interactive Lessons
Explore the evidence of evolution with these worksheets based off of NOVA’s Evolution Lab. These worksheets contain questions for each level and video of the Evolution Lab and provide assessment on topics like cladograms, fossil evidence of evolution, DNA and genetics, biogeography, applications of phylogeny to health, and human evolution. The worksheets are divided into missions and are designed to be completed while playing through the game. The worksheets feature multiple choice questions, short response questions, and cladogram drawings.

The interactive lessons are digital versions of the worksheets and contain the same content from the worksheets.

The National Center for Science Education is the only national organization devoted to defending the teaching of evolution in public schools. NCSE’s Evolution Primers are written by NCSE’s scientific staff to explain key concepts or findings in evolution that are frequently misrepresented by creationists. NCSEteach is a network that brings science teachers together, allows educators to connect with one another (and NCSE staff), guides them to good-quality and well-vetted resources, shares stories of how teachers have dealt with challenges to science education and also connects them to early career scientists as a resource.

Misconception Monday
Stephanie Keep’s blog posts on the NCSE website cover common misconceptions about evolution that appear everywhere from textbooks to science news articles.

Understanding Evolution
Understanding Evolution is your one-stop shop for teaching and learning about evolution from kindergarten through college. Get friendly, clear background information as well as animations, comics, interactive investigations, news briefs, research profiles, and a database of free, vetted lessons for your classroom.

HHMI BioInteractive
The evolution collection contains short films, interactives, and classroom activities that cover mechanisms of evolution, human evolution, phylogeny, and more.

Teaching Evolution through Human Examples
This NSF-funded project from the Smithsonian contains 4 curriculum units for AP Biology classes that use human case studies to teach core evolutionary principles. The curriculum units include Adaptation to Altitude, Malaria, Evolution of Human Skin Color, What Does It Mean To Be Human, and a unit called Cultural and Religious Sensitivity.

Shape of Life
Shape of Life is a series of short classroom videos that depict evolution of the animal kingdom on Earth. Shape of Life focuses on biodiversity, adaptability, body structure, design, behaviors, and the innovative scientists who explore these creatures. Shape of Life includes videos, lesson plans, readings aligned with the Common Core, illustrations, and relevant resources.

Birds-of-Paradise Project
The birds-of-paradise are among the most beautiful creatures on earth—and an extraordinary example of evolutionary adaptation. On this site you can find what few have witnessed in the wild: the displays of color, sound, and motion that make these birds so remarkable. Then you can delve deeper, examining the principles that guided their evolution and the epic adventure it took to bring us all 39 species. There are also free lesson plans that explore the topics of the scientific process, natural and sexual selection, behavior, and heritability through hands-on activities and lively discussions:

All About Fancy Males
All About Fancy Males is an eight section online interactive developed to accompany one of the most respected introductory evolution courses in the country—Cornell University’s Evolution and Biology and Diversity. This interactive allows students and the general public to develop a solid understanding of fundamental concepts in evolution while exploring rare behavioral clips and engaging animations.

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