A fun, hands on way to learn or review the evolution of life! Students interact with the content to learn nine key steps to the evolution of life as we know it today. They use this information to arrange sixteen Google Slides into the correct chronological order of the History of Life on Earth.
The Evolution of Life on Earth Timeline includes:
- Formation of Earth
- Early Earth had no oxygen
- Miller Urey Experiment – first molecules of life
- First cell – Anaerobic Prokaryote
- Photosynthetic Prokaryotes evolve and fill the Earth with oxygen
- First Aerobic Prokaryote
- The Endosymbiotic Theory
- The first multicellular organism evolves
- The human species evolves
Three slides also contain questions that students can answer directly on the slide. Questions focus on the Endosymbiotic Theory, the Miller Urey Experiment, and how the atmosphere became filled with Oxygen.
This is the foundation of the lesson, giving students all the information they need to complete the assignment. Take a look at the ThingLink! It includes text, pictures, and video clips that give students all that they need to know to complete the assignment.
Paper Copy of Notes!
If you prefer your students use paper, you can have them complete the included notes sheet. It contains the same questions as the Google Slides and guides students to create their own timeline on the paper.
Additional Ways to Use this Activity:
Consider printing out the Google Slides (maybe nine slides to a page to save paper), and having students cut them out and put them in order on their desks as they work though the ThinkLink. Use the print-out slides again later as a review activity!
This is a print and go activity, no prep! Full answer key is included for both the Google Slides and the paper copy!
Click here to see a preview of the Evolution of Life Activity!
What some happy teachers are saying about the Evolution of Life Activity:
I used this resource in my virtual evolution class. Students enjoyed working on the activities together in small breakout rooms. – Alice G. May 13, 2022
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