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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.
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.
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.
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.
The intent of this slide show is to introduce young biologists to evolution, specifically how populations change through time. The content does not support the stated objective. What you will find in this presentation is general information on fossils, a slide listing theories on the origin of life, and one of the origin of cells. If this is what you would like to teach, then skip slide number two regarding objectives.
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.