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Evolution and Classification Big Unit Bundle

Save hours and hours of your time with these ready-to-use resources for your Evolution and Classification unit. These are low prep and ready to use – download now!

Each license is for single classroom use by the original purchaser only - if you would like to share this resource with your colleagues, please purchase additional licenses.
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Low prep resources to bring your evolution and classification unit to life!

Your students will LOVE these interactive Google Slides – they are packed with fun activities and are bright and engaging. Tasks include completing a natural selection storyboard, dragging and dropping to sort fossils, creating a dichotomous key, and more! Technical tips are included in the slides, so you can focus on teaching. The slides are custom illustrated so that the concepts shown are suitable for high school students. And you can choose how to assign the slides – as individual lessons, or you can use the whole unit digital interactive notebook.

Once students have completed the Google Slides, the Doodle Notes are a perfect review. These come in multiple versions, so you can easily differentiate for your students. And to prep, all you need to do is print a class set of the notes!

Every lesson comes with a Google Forms Quiz to check student progress – these are self-grading, so there is no extra work for you.

My Evolution and Classification Big Unit Bundle includes:

  • Student Google Slides Activities: engaging and interactive activities for every lesson – these are provided as both individual lessons (for teachers who wish to assign lessons one-by-one) or as a whole digital interactive notebook (for teachers who wish to assign the whole unit in one notebook) – choose the format that works best for you and your students
  • Answer Slides: animated for going through with the whole class, or you can set them on Google Classroom for students to check and correct their own work
  • Google Forms Quizzes: 7 self-grading quizzes to let you easily check student progress. Questions are supported by images where suitable
  • Doodle Notes: in multiple versions for easy differentiation:
    • Open response versions – to challenge your students
    • Scaffolded fill-in-the-blank versions – to support your students
    • Black and white versions – perfect for coloring in
    • Colored versions – assign digitally with a PDF mark-up tool, e.g. Kami
    • Plus, there is a completed example to model the notes for students, and to let them check their answers
  • Teacher Guidance: how to assign and use these resources in your classroom
Content covered:
  • Evolution and Natural Selection: definition of evolution, the story of Charles Darwin – Alfred Wallace is also mentioned, the theory of natural selection – process and examples, types of selection – stabilizing, directional and disruptive, other mechanisms of evolution – genetic drift (including the founder and bottleneck effects) and gene flow.
  • Evidence for Evolution: homologous, analogous and vestigial structures, embryonic development patterns, fossils, biogeography, molecular evidence (genome sequencing and comparison of DNA).
  • Speciation and Extinction: definitions of species, speciation, reproductive isolation, prezygotic and postzygotic barriers, allopatric speciation – process and example, sympatric speciation – process and example, definition of extinction, causes of extinction, timeline of mass extinctions
  • Classification and Dichotomous Keys: what classification is, a brief history of classification – Aristotle and Linnaeus, levels of classification, characteristics of each domain and kingdom – archaea, bacteria, protista, fungi, animalia, & plantae, the importance of species names – binomial nomenclature, modern classification, how to use a dichotomous key, how to create a dichotomous key
  • Phylogenetic Trees: terminology – phylogenetic tree/evolutionary tree/cladogram, what phylogenetic trees can show us, the parts of phylogenetic tree, common ancestors, taxa, how to read and analyze a phylogenetic tree, how to create a phylogenetic tree using derived traits

How do I use this bundle of resources?

  1. After checkout, you can immediately download your resources
  2. You’ll click the links in the PDFs to make copies of the Google Slides and Quizzes for your own Google Drive
  3. Simply assign these to your students on Google Classroom
  4. You’ll open the Doodle Notes ZIP files to see all of the versions of the Doodle Notes
  5. Pick which versions you want students to complete and print one set for each student

And that’s it – your lessons are prepped!

Please note: These resources are digital downloads – no physical products will be shipped. To assign the Google Slides and Quiz, you need a Google Classroom. Your students need their own device and an internet connection. Most clipart and questions are secured and cannot be edited. The answers can be edited. There are some links to YouTube – please check YouTube is not restricted by your school. My Doodle Notes are secure PDF files and are not editable. Doodle Notes is a trademarked term used with permission. Please visit doodlenotes.org for more info. 

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