Darwin Inspired: Secondary School Materials

The Charles Darwin Trust uses the intellectual and cultural heritage of Darwin, through his approach to science and his work at Down House and in the immediate countryside, to inspire a deeper understanding of the natural world.

Darwin Inspired materials promote enquiry-based learning. Students are challenged to make observations, ask questions, investigate the natural world and collaborate with others.

These resources are aimed at students aged 11 to 14 years but can be adapted for use with older students. They tackle topics that include:
* Darwin's bees: social insects and behaviour
* Artificial selection: variation and species change
* Hedgerows: habitat and biodiversity
* Sustainability and extinction: human impacts on the environment and endangered species

A more detailed overview of the materials in this collection can be obtained from the [b]Download background[/b] link below.

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Module 1: Darwin's Bees

Produced by the Charles Darwin Trust, these resources allow students to consider some of Darwin's studies on bees and other social insects. Through this context, students are able to develop their skills of scientific enquiry, observation, data analysis and communication.

The activities allow students to:...

Module 2: Artificial Selection

From the Charles Darwin Trust, these materials help students to understand the process of artificial selection. Darwin pointed out that all animals and plants show variation. He proposed that breeders select the variants they think desirable.

Students undertake a range of activities in which they make...

Module 3: Hedgerows

Produced by the Charles Darwin Trust, the activities in these materials help students to consider biodiversity within a habitat. To observe change over time, in 1846 Darwin planted a hedge at Down House. Twenty years later, he surveyed the hedge and recorded those species that had disappeared and new plant arrivals...

Module 4: Sustainability and Extinction

From the Charles Darwin Trust, these materials help students to consider the concept of how species are sustainable and how changes in the environment can lead to extinctions.

The activities look at how human activities have impacted on the Galapagos Islands since Darwin's visit. This includes effects on...

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