March 30th Plan

Sorry I can’t be there today. No, I am not taking an extended spring break… lets just say I can’t be there because of Cooper and leave it at that. Anyways, heres what I need you to accomplish during my absence.


today you’ll start a week long project on evolution. You and your group must come up with an idea and impliment it. Your goal is to teach a 6th grader the idea of what evolution is and the mechanisms behind it. Use the hand outs I’ve provided to guide you. Keep the following in mind:

  • What is the challenge question (what do I want them to be able to answer by the time they’re done)?
  • How can I get/keep their attention?
  • How will the information be delivered?
  • What information do they need to know? what vocabulary will they need to know?
  • How will they prove they have learned anything?
  • This is a chance for you to ‘be the teacher’. Think about good teachers you have had and use the strategies that work best on you.
  • Choose 10 words from the list below as your ‘vocab list’. Create simple definitions a 6th grader could understand for each term.
    • Evolution
    • The Big Bang
    • Biogenesis
    • Theia
    • Natural Selection
    • Artificial Selection
    • Galapagos
    • Divergent
    • Convergent
    • Coevolution
    • Fossil
    • Homologous
    • Analogous
    • Vestigial
    • Darwin
    • isolation
  • Using my youtube page (, checkout some of the projects from last year.
  • Work hard, work together, and have fun!


Finish your Unit 5 IAs and turn the in! Once turned in, start 5.1 on your websites.

Speciation & Cladistics

Today is the last day of our Evolution Discussion. During our last discussion, we talked about types of evolution/selection and how it leads to new species… Today, we’re discussing how a new species is formed by a process called speciation and how we can illustrate relatedness of species using an instrument called a cladogram.

Watch the video below for more information and examples. Enjoy!


What Did a T-Rex Taste Like???

trexIt may seem like a silly question, but there is a way we can make a pretty significant guess as to what a T-Rex may have tasted like. We can do it using derived characteristics, or homologous structures as you and I call them, and something called a cladogram.

Cladograms are an illustrated way to show relatedness of species both current or extinct. Today we’ll be introduced to cladistics using an online module. The good news is by the end, you will be able to predict with great certainty what a T-Rex most likely tasted like.

Use the link below to reach the online module from the University of California, Berkley. (Please note, if you are using an iOS device you will need to open the link below using the Puffin App)

What Did A T-Rex Taste Like

Evolution Simulations

Since evolution cannot occur before our eyes in a class period, today we’ll be ‘simulating’ evolution with a game and a simulator. For each, their are directions and questions you must answer. Click the image below to be taken to the weblink. (*iPad users: You must download and use the Puffin web browser to run these simulations)

Who Wants to Live a Million Years


Choose variations in a population to try to survive for a million years. Watch out for environmental changes and mutations!

Evolution Simulation


Watch how small changes in populations can have big impacts. You can also change settings to see how these animals would fair when their food source behaves differently.