Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Grasping the Idea of Evolution

Young scholars compare and their performance of a series of tasks using their thumb and fingers to their performance of the same tasks without the use of their thumb. The class discussion that follows the activity defines and discusses the role of fine and gross motor skills and speculates on the role of the opposable thumb in primate evolution.

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6th - 12th
Social Studies & History
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1 hr
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Inquiry-Based Learning
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