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Darwin's Great Voyage of Discovery

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Overview:
Students learn about Darwin's voyage on the Beagle by reading excerpts from his letters and journals and mapping his route.

Author/Source:
WGBH

Grade level:
9-12

Time:
One to two class periods.

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • The fossil record documents the biodiversity of the past.

  • Occupying new environments can provide new selection pressures and new opportunities, leading to speciation. (LS4.C)

  • Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence. (P6, NOS2)

  • Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.

  • The real process of science is complex, iterative, and can take many different paths.

  • Science is a human endeavor. (NOS7)

  • Our knowledge of the evolution of living things is always being refined as we gather more evidence.

  • Our understanding of life through time is based upon multiple lines of evidence.

  • Scientists use the geographic distribution of fossils and living things to learn about the history of life.

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