This teaching sequence consists of five lessons which are 60-90 minutes each. The learning activities, explanations, definitions, teacher knowledge and resources required to effectively implement this lesson sequence, are included. Throughout this sequence, an abundance of examples of adaptations are depicted and utilised. Students will benefit from exploring the examples to demonstrate deep understanding in their assessments and exams.
In this sequence, students will develop and enhance some of the Key Science Skills outlined by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in the VCE Biology Study Design. Students will ‘communicate and explain scientific ideas,’ (VCAA 2017, p.9) to their peers in a species investigation activity, and they will ‘analyse and evaluate data, methods and scientific models’ (VCAA 2017, p.10) in a secondary data investigation, using the raw data from a scientist’s investigation. Students will also explore how biomimicry has been used to solve human challenges. This learning sequence facilitates learning through student centred activities, the creation of resources (by students), communicating scientific ideas to an audience, and collaborative activities. The relationship between adaptations and the real world is highlighted throughout the sequence.
Thanks to the following for contributing to the development of these sequences:
I am an evolutionary ecologist who is interested in trying to explain, from an evolutionary perspective, what has generated differences in behaviour, ecology, morphology (body shape) and physiology between closely related species. I use evolutionary trees to answer questions about why particular traits have evolved. Using this approach, I have investigated the evolution of traits as diverse as insect sex pheromones, reptile colour patterns, mammal metabolic rates, bird beak sizes and plant medicinal capacity. I have been a lecturer at Deakin University for 7 years, teaching evolution and statistics. I am also the editor-in-chief of the journal Evolutionary Ecology. Full profile
Dr. Peta White Lecturer in Science and Environmental Education at Deakin University (Education Academic and Project Coordinator)