This activity supports the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students are presented with a map of the Malay Archipelago and some field notebooks with observations of animals. By plotting which animals are found on which island, the students discover the Wallace Line—a sharp boundary that separates distinct Asian and Australian fauna.
- AP Biology (2012-2013)
- 1.A.1, 1.A.4
- IB Biology (2009)
- 5.4, D2
- NGSS (2013) LS
- MS-LS2-4, MS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-5, MS-LS4.A, MS-LS4.B, MS-LS4.C, HS-LS4.A, HS-LS4.B, HS-LS4.C
- NGSS (2013) ESS
241Film GuidesFilm Guides: The Origin of Species: The Making of a TheoryThe following classroom-ready resources complement The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory, which tells the story of the epic adventures of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace and of the evidence they gathered for the theory of evolution by means of natural selection
168ActivitiesThe Making of a Theory—Fact or FictionThis activity supports the viewing of the film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Before and after watching the film, students discuss and evaluate several statements about Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace, and the specific evidence that led each of them to the theory of evolution by natural selection.
71ActivitiesReading Primary Sources: Darwin and WallaceThis activity serves as a supplement to the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students read and analyze excerpts from texts written by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace and answer questions about the information presented, developing their nonfiction reading comprehension.