Big History Project at: https://www.oerproject.com/Big-History/Unit-5
The Big History Project is a joint effort between teachers, scholars and scientists.This multi-disciplinary approach is aimed at high school students, yet designed for anyone seeking answers to the big questions about the history of our Universe. Unit 5 focuses Life.
ChronoZoom links to http://www.chronozoom.com
ChronoZoom is an educational tool for teachers and students who want to put historical events in perspective. Created by Walter Alvarez, the geologist who confirmed the theory of the T1 meteor event and dinosaur extinction.
OneZoom links to http://www.onezoom.org/
An interactive map of the evolutionary relationships between 1.8 million species of life on our planet. Each leaf on the tree represents a species and the branches show how they are connected through evolution. Very cool fractal tree. created by Dr. Yan Wong (who helped write The Ancestor’s Tale with Richard Dawkins)
Exploring Life’s Origins links to http://exploringorigins.org/timeline.html
Animations about origin of life & proto-cells by science visualizer Janet Iwasa. Funded by NSF.
Deep History of Life on Earth links to http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/deep-history-life-earth
The record of life on Earth stretches over 3 billion years, with evidence ranging from chemical signatures in rocks and ancient biological molecules to fossils of colossal dinosaurs and early humans. Made by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Evolution on YouTube
The Evolution of Life on Earth
By ASAP Science
Myths and misconceptions about evolution by TED-ed
Animation about Evolution of Life from Cosmos by Carl Sagan
The Universe Explained in 4 minutes by BBC Ideas
Online Resource for Teaching Evolution
University of California: Berkeley: Understanding Evolution: Grade Level: K-College
This site breaks down resources into age appropriate lessons: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, 13-16. Every lesson is listed with the corresponding Next Generation Science Standards.
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History: Teaching Evolution Through Human Experience: Grade Level: 9-12
The Smithsonian sight includes four lessons on teaching evolution through human examples. There is also a Cultural and Religious Sensitivity Training Resource.
PBS: The Inner Fish, Your Inner Reptile, Your Inner Monkey: Grade Level: 9-12
A series of three videos with classroom guides that discuss the hidden parts of evolution that are present in the human body.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute: BioInteractive: Grade Level: 9-12
This is a collection of videos, video clips, lectures, activities, virtual labs, teacher guides, interviews with scientists, and posters. Some of the activities are available in Spanish.
Tree of Life: Grade Level: 9-12
Links to over 10,000 web pages that provide information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history.
Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers: Grade Level: 9-12
There are 10 labs on evolution.
Created by Arizona State University Institute of Human Origins
Becoming Human brings together interactive multimedia, research and scholarship to promote greater understanding of the course of human evolution.
Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science:
The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) will give middle school teachers the tools they need to effectively teach evolution and answer its critics based on new Next Generation Science Standards.
Evolution Institute – This View of Life:
“The Evolution Institute is a bold and imaginative way to place the central issues of evolution–crucial to biology and to human self-understanding–into the mainstream of public affairs. ” –Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.
Teachers Institute for Evolutionary Science
TIES provides middle school and elementary teachers the tools they need to effectively teach evolution and answer its critics based on new Next Generation Science Standards.
Books with Companion Websites & TV Shows
Journey of the Universe by Brian Thomas Swimme & Mary Evelyn Tucker
Website: Journey of the Universe
Your Inner Fish: a Journey into the 3.5 Billion Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin
Origins with Neil deGrasse Tyson | PBS (2004) | Documentary
Wonders of the Universe; Wonders of Life; Human Universe; with Brian Cox |BBC (2011) | Documentary Series
Website: Wonders of the Universe