OBJECTIVES COVERED (pupils will learn ..)
SUGGESTED MAIN ACTIVITIES:
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How and why Homo Sapiens (the species that you belong to) evolved
The differences and similarities between Homo Sapiens and other living things
Watch the lesson powerpoint which introduces the subject to pupils.
1. ENGLISH: draw a labelled diagram of the human body, listing reasons why the different features have evolved (can be easily turned into an ART activity if you make a jointed cardboard skeleton.
2. PE: design a fitness circuit with one or more stations that test each part of the human body to see how it works, such as a jumping section (to show springy foot arches) or a throwing section (to show opposable thumbs). NOTE: this is very similar to a task in the full day version of our Evolution and Inheritance science workshop, where pupils complete a PE circuit activity whilst looking at model body joints. Then present your station(s) to the class.
3. HOMEWORK/ICT: research more information about the differences in the human body to present to the class in a mini project (NOTE TO TEACHERS: remember to emphasise to pupils that EVERY feature of the human body has evolved for a reason, no matter how unlikely it seems).
Feedback work/presentations/pe station to class and complete the questions at the end of the presentation.
LESSON NO and TITLE:
6 of 6: HUMAN EVOLUTION:
from apes to you!