Tips From Teachers
“While watching Making of a Theory, my students complete this fact-pattern activity. I then put them into groups, assigning half as 'Darwin' and half as 'Wallace.' Students write a paragraph as their scientist describing what they've discovered using evidence to back their claim and reasoning. We then pair every Darwin with a Wallace to share their results (some like to do this in character — it's great fun). Afterwards they journal with the prompt, 'What evidence from the other scientist was most important for your understanding of natural selection and why?' and we discuss how collaboration drives science.” -- Bethany Dixon (Western Sierra Collegiate Academy, CA)
- AP Biology (2012-2013)
- 1.A.1, 1.A.2, 1.A.4
- IB Biology (2009)
- 5.4, D2
- NGSS (2013) LS
- MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS4-1, MS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-5, MS-LS2.A, MS-LS2.C, MS-LS4.A, MS-LS4.B, MS-LS4.C, HS-LS4.B, HS-LS4.C
- NGSS (2013) ESS
- Common Core (2010)
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.6
250Film 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
171ActivitiesThe 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.
157ActivitiesDiscovering the Wallace LineThis 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.
75ActivitiesReading 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.