Charles Darwin Lesson Plans

Children's Books for Evolution Lesson Plans(list continued  --  page 2 of 3)

Books for Evolution Lesson PlansTeaching evolution lesson plans at the elementary level is certainly a challenge. Children have a difficult time comprehending such vast expanses of time. Indeed, the year between their birthdays often feels like an eternity! Adults have a hard time large periods of time, so it is not surprising that this is extra challenging for childre who cannot think as abstractly. However, many science education experts advocate for at least some early exposure to evolution concepts, arguing that this can greatly help their scientific understanding as their education progresses.
Of course, teaching about evolution is also quite controversial, as it can butt up against the closely held beliefs of many people. Therefore, teachers must teach this subject with clarity and sensitivity. We feel the books below do an excellent job of educating, not persuading.

Books for Evolution Lesson Plans Life on Earth: The Story of Evolution
by Steve Jenkins What it's about
Stunning cut and torn paper collages fill the pages of this well written large-format introduction to evolution. Jenkins poses and then answers questions on topics like survival of the fittest, mutation, and extinction-- challenging subjects to be sure, but Jenkins presents them "with a clarity that demonstrates his mindful- ness of the audience." (PW) SLJ called this book "a polished exposition of a difficult, often controversial scientific concept." And PW ended its review by calling the book "science at its most inviting."

Life on Earth : The Story of EvolutionReading levels
Interest Level: K-Gr. 4 DRA Level: 40
Difficulty Level: age 4-8 Lexile Measure: 810L

Awards and Rating
Average Amazon Rating: (14 reviews)

Who Was Charles Darwin?
by Deborah Hopkinson; illustrated by Nancy Harrison

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What it's about
This entry in the popular "Who Was...?" series presents a kid-friendly introduction to the life and passions of Charles Darwin, who hated school as a child and often found daydreaming of his real love: the natural world.Who Was Charles Darwin and about how his many discoveries along the coastlines of Africa, South America, and the Galapagos Islands led to his groundbreaking ideas. Hopkinson's text is readable, engaging, and paired with a generous amount of illustrations. This wouldn't be our top choice in this category, but it is a fine option if you'd like to emphasize Darwin's passion and talents.
Reading levels
Interest Level: Grade 2-5 DRA Level: not available
Difficulty Level: age 7+ Lexile Measure: 760L Awards and Rating
Average Amazon Rating:(10 reviews) The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin
by Peter Sis
The Tree of Life (Sis) What Darwin Saw Darwin by Alice McGinty One Beetle Too Many
See also:

Walker Childrens How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
Book (Walker Childrens)
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Hotbed of biodiversity: Fascinating images of wildlife from the Galapagos Islands  — Mother Nature Network
Located 575 miles off the coast of Ecuador, this remote volcanic archipelago is famous as the birthplace of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.


Did Charles Darwin intend to be controversial?

Was he suprised that religious types were so offended by the theory of natural selection, or was that a fight he went looking for?

Yes he clearly knew that he would be in for a fight. After all there were other scientist before him who had proposed far less condemning stuff against the church like gallio and he was murdered by them. So to say Darwin didn't know how the church would react is absorb. Many scientist including gallio where questioned and prosecuted just for saying something against the story of creation and they where scientist who believed that religion and science could be combined together, so Yeah Darwin did know what was coming if he had ever studied science

Nero T. Pickle
What do intelligent design advocates specifically want to be taught about intelligent design in schools?

Do they just want an entire lesson plan that just goes: "Long ago, each and every kind of organism on the planet was individually and deliberately designed and created by a primordial intelligence. Fin."

If you look at what they have put out so far, they would simple spend the whole course attacking evolution. They don't actually have anything to teach, and if the Theory of Evolution were somehow shown to be wrong they would have nothing to replace it with other than "God did it", basically putting Biology back to where it was 400 years ago.

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