Unit Study: Darwin and Evolution

September 29, 2012

theory of evolution

Evolution is a tough subject to find materials on in the homeschool world. So many science texts overlook it, for fear of offending someone or they are actively trying to disprove it. The theory of evolution is often misunderstood, or completely ignored. Yet it is an important element of science, and our children should know and understand it, regardless of religious belief.  I searched high and low to find the best children’s books on the subject and I’ve put together a unit study with what I found.

In this study, you will learn about the origins of the Earth and create a huge timeline of life covering the Big Bang through modern day; learn about the life of Charles Darwin and follow his journey circumnavigating the globe, study his Theory of Evolution, as well as complete a literature unit on the novel The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.

In this comprehensive unit study, you will read 8 books, complete 23 activities, and study 39 vocabulary words. I have included a list of 7 documentaries to enhance your study, as well as 25 notebooking pages. I have also included copywork and dictation passages taken from The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate as well as writing assignments about evolution and Charles Darwin.

Darwin and Evolution Unit Study can be completed in 8 weeks, or it can be stretched over the course of a semester by doing only 2-3 lessons per week. It covers literature, science, geography, geology, paleontology, nature study and writing. It is a multi-age unit, however the target age level would be upper-elementary through middle grades. However, I have included books at a lower level for younger children, and many of the activities are appropriate for younger ages.

Here you can see some examples of the Timeline of Life and the Pangaea Puzzle:

Timeline of Life

examples of the Timeline of LifePangaea Puzzle

The Timeline of Life comes with pictures to color as well as blank Timeline if your child is older or artistically inclined and would like to illustrate their own.






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