Origin of Life Teacher Resources
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Worksheet: Beliefs about the Origins of Life
A brief reading introduces high schoolers to different theories on the origin of life. A research project follows in which learners gather information on each theory and then hold a discussion about which they believe to be the most reliable. Beliefs include special creation, cosmology, evolutionary biology, biochemical evolution, spontaneous generation, and more. Perhaps this could be used as an enrichment assignment for your biology class.
The Origin of Life: Alternative Views
Students explore the topics of faith and science as they relate to the origins of life. They consider the major points of Darwin's Theory of Evolution and brainstorm various explanations of how life began. Students investigate different cultural belief systems as well as the limitations of both science and religion.
Miller-Urey Experiment Amino Acids & The Origins of Life on Earth
Students study the Miller-Urey Experiment including its history and criticism. In this origins of life lesson students repeat this experiment to see how it works.
“NOVA - Origins: How Life Began” Worksheet
In this origins of life worksheet, students watch the video "NOVA - Origins: How Life Began." Students respond to 27 short answer and fill in the blank questions regarding origins of life.
Students create and observe coacervates. In this origin of life lesson, students create coacervates by mixing carbohydrate and protein solutions. They observe the life-like qualities of the structures and discuss the origin of life.
Time Machine: Evolution, Geology
Students are taken on a simulated "voyage" backward in time, to the beginning of our planet. They "witness" that beginning, the origin of life, and a number of key events from then to the present.
Origin of Life
Twenty-seven slides will give your students a complete overview of the biological and chemical theories behind the development of life on Earth. There are fabulous real life photos and labelled diagrams to give details about the first eukaryotes, and explosions of diversity in history. Students could use this PowerPoint in an independent study or as a source of information for research.
Origin of Life
This sequence of slides presents information about the hypothesis of key events in the Origin of Life. The conditions on early earth are given and the process that would allow for living organisms to develop. The evidence will stimulate discussion in your class and your students may be interested in continuing research on their own. This slideshow stands on its own, so with basic prior knowledge your class could use this in personal study time.
The Origin of Life
In this origin of life worksheet, students write answers to five questions. They describe characteristics of the first life forms and how scientists believe oxygen accumulated in the Earth's atmosphere.
AP: Chapter 26: Origin of Life
Five pages take biologists on a generalized survey of the origin of life. Queries are made regarding theories of how life developed, ancient Earth conditions, and the ever-changing field of taxonomy. The experiments of different scientists are to be analyzed and a diagram of geologic areas is to be labeled. This is a well-rounded survey, suitable for a general or AP biology course.
Theory, Theory, Who's got the theory?
Students analyze 5 separate theories of evolution in order to help them explain the different meanings of theory, how human values influence science, and that the scientific view of the origin of life does not involve supernatural forces.
The History of Life
In this origin of life worksheet, students will review the different theories on how life originated on the Earth including the experiments conducted by Louis Pastuer, Francesco Redi, and Miller and Urey. Students will complete 14 fill in the blank questions and 14 short answer questions.
Biosphere Socratic Questions
High schoolers examine the origin of life on Earth and its evolution through geologic time by participating in a whole class discussion. They respond to prompts that lead them to conclusions about the interactions among the biosphere and the geosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere over time.
A Quick Look at the History of Life on Earth or The History of the World, Part 1
Give your earth scientists or evolutionary biologists a very brief overview of the history of planet Earth using this presentation as a support. A slide explores the big bang theory and one describes the formation of our solar system. A geological time line is displayed, and then explanations of the formation of organic molecules and the origin of life are attempted. The slides are text-dense, so a lot of reading will be required of viewers. Consider having learners read this and take notes on it as homework.
Almost 100 slides explore the history of life and how it has changed over time. Full of photos and graphics, the colorful text is highly informative. You could go through these slides, pick and choose which you might want to highlight, and hide those that you don't want. Because of the extent of information here, this is a valuable resource to use when teaching evolutionary concepts to your biology classes.
Extract DNA from a Banana
Your scientists-in-training extract DNA from a banana. Then, they wrap it around a glass rod in order to view the threads of DNA. They draw their observations.
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Construct from a canvas of words, lyrical expressions that your budding poets can share and post. Based on refrigerator magnet poetry, creative writers can develop their poetry independently, or from a given prompt from their instructor.
Evolution and the Fossil Record
Engage young biologists with four laboratory activities that explore the fossil record. Learners examine fossil images, a fossil kit, the rock record, and geologic time scale. They even experiment with the oxygen production of an Elodea plant as an example of how the ancient atmosphere might have developed. Not only are activities provided, suggestions for comprehensive assessment questions are available as well. Use this resource as a complete mini-unit on evolutionary processes.
Ninth graders explore the different types of fossils using an interactive website. In this life science lesson, 9th graders discuss past fossil or artifact discovery. They simulate fossil imprint using items in the classroom.
Students discuss the difference between designed and natural elements. After reading an article, they discover information about current controversies in evolutionary science. In groups, they research and write dialogues between two competing theories on a topic of interest to them. They write their own opinion paper about higher beliefs in science.