Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: PBS Evolution Video

DarwinVideoCoverThese questions follow the NOVA video Darwin’s Dangerous Idea from the PBS Evolution series. There is a printable worksheet and answer key available in both .doc and .pdf formats. For more information about the film visit the website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/darwin/
The video is 2 hours long and is available through the PBS store or your library

I like to use this video near the beginning of our study of Evolution. In addition to discussing Evolution, the following topics become good discussions with this video:
What scientists do – the fact that in science your success is measured by what you can publish in scientific journals, and funding for your work is provided based on both your past work and your ideas
How the field of science has changed since the 1850s
The influence of religion on society and on scientific debate in that time period

Brief summary of the video:
Darwin’s Dangerous Idea takes us back in time to Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle and his work and life upon his return from that journey. It shows us about his struggle to come to terms with his findings and his fear about how to present them. The video is long but in addition to documentary-style interviews and imagery there is a fictional depiction of Darwin’s life that brings the film together.

If you would like to use my video worksheet it is available at my TPT Store: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Darwins-Dangerous-Idea-PBS-Evolution-Video-Worksheet


Evolution Resource Inspiration

dragonflywingThe following list of websites are all related to Evolution and can be used as either teacher or student resources:

Do you have any great Evolution resources to add to this list?  Please post them in the comments and I’ll update the list!

Evolution Lecture & Note Guide

DarwinthumbThis PowerPoint presentation and student note guide handout contains 23 slides introducing Evolution and a 7-page handout for students to fill in during the lecture. I have used it with Freshmen and Sophomore Biology classes. It includes the definitions of evolution, the scientists who contributed to evolutionary theory, Darwin’s journey on the HMS Beagle, geologic change, natural selection, and evidence for evolution.

This presentation with class discussion would take 70-90 minutes in my classroom, depending on the depth of discussion. The student note guide is included as both an editable Word document and a PDF file.

handout previewThis is available at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store for a small fee: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Evolution-Lecture-Presentation-Student-Note-Guide