Teaching evolution can be a challenge, but help is available. Below are a links to web sites that I have found to be very helpful in teaching evolutionary theory. Each link is followed by a brief description of the web site subject matter, and its potential as a resource for teachers.
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Evolution 101 Berkeley Museum (http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/index.shtml)
This web site is the Berkeley Museum of Paleontology's learning resource center, and consists of an online module of lessons surrounding the ideas of evolution and evolutionary science. While this module is accessible, well designed, and fun to use, it lacks the ability for a teacher to asses prior misconception and the ability to easily navigate to lessons or exercises that can be used in a classroom setting. This web site is good for people to look up information on evolution, however it lacks the assessment and support for direct classroom application.
The Evolution and Nature of Science Institutes (ENSI) Lesson Plans (http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/evol.fs.html)
This web site was designed around the belief that in order for evolution to be properly understood as a science a substantive introduction to the nature of modern science is a necessary prerequisite. The sixty plus lessons on this site reflect this ideal, as they provide lesson plans for 6-12th grade educators on a wide variety of evolutionary topics.
Teaching Documents about Evolution (http://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/mineralogie/palbot/teach/evolutionteach.html)
This web site consists of hundreds of links for teachers. The focus of the web site is on teaching documents on evolution, but numerous other topics are present. This site contains links to professional articles, studies, and lesson plans. It is a good resource for teachers looking for ways to spruce up lesson plans, but lacks any direct classroom application.
The Caminalcules, an evolutionary exercise (http://taxonomy.zoology.gla.ac.uk/~rdmp1c/teaching/L4/Evolution/Session2/cam.html)
The Caminalcules are artificial animals created by the late Professor Joseph Camin of the University of Kansas as part of a study of how taxonomists classify real organisms. Teachers can download the worksheets can use the Caminalcules to explore the problem of classification, with emphasis on using the principle of parsimony to find the best system. Caminalcules of various ages can be used to construct a phylogenic tree. Very effective classroom exercise and one that will be incorporated in to my teaching module.
The National Academy of Science (http://www.nationalacademies.org/evolution/)
This web page is designed to provide easy access to books, position statements, and additional resources on evolution education and research. These materials have been produced by the National Academy and other sources. The site is updated and expanded periodically. This web site appears to be a very effective resources for background on the best practice for teaching evolution.
And Still We Evolve.., exerts from "A Handbook on the History of Modern Science" (http://www.mala.bc.ca/~johnstoi/darwin/sect2.htm)
This web page consists of exerts from a handbook prepared by Ian Johnston of Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, BC, for Liberal Studies students. This chapter, "The Early Development of Modern Geology" is a in depth look on the history of geological science and the origin of the great debate between science and religion. Good supplemental background for upper level science classes looking to examine the historical underpinnings of modern geological theory.
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