Evolution MegaLab

This collection from Evolution Megalab introduces students to Darwin’s ideas on evolution by looking at variation, adaptation and distribution of banded snails.

Evolution Megalab is a Europe-wide survey of banded snails in gardens and public open spaces. It is a data gathering study of snail habitats, their shell colour and pattern of banding to which the public may contribute.

Over many years snails have been adapting to their environment. This may be as a result of climate change and changes in other animals and plants around them. In these resources children can conduct their own snail hunt and record their findings via the EvolutionMegalab website, and will receive personalised interpretations of their observations. Comparing these samples with historical data, the EvolutionMegalab team will examine evolutionary changes over the last fifty years, along with the impact on the banded snails of the changing thrush numbers (thrushes eat banded snails) and of climate change.

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Snail Hunt (Key Stage 1)

This activity introduces Darwin’s ideas on evolution by looking at variation, adaptation and distribution of banded snails. Children learn about Charles Darwin, then work as science explorers looking at different habitats and the snails found in them. Using correct vocabulary, they describe habitats and the snails...

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Professor Steve Jones: Variation, Evolution and Inheritance

This video from Teachers TV follows Professor Steve Jones as he introduces a Year Six class to genetic diversity. The practical lesson links to the topics of classification of living things, evolution and inheritance. Children look at the observable similarities and differences between a sample of snails and then...

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Snail Space (Key Stage 2)

This activity introduces students to Darwin’s ideas on evolution by looking at variation, adaptation and distribution of banded snails. It links to the topics of living things and their habitats and evolution and inheritance. Children are introduced to Charles Darwin and his work whilst on his five year voyage on...

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2010 to date

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How to Hunt Banded Snails

This survey, aimed at primary level, looks at the identification and classification of the banded snail, their biological variation and how this may be an adaptation to the habitat in which the snails live. It links to the topics of living things and their habitats and evolution and inheritance. The resource may be...

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