Inquiry Into Evolution

Grades 10-12 |  75 minutes | Program

InquiryIntoEvolutionUncovering the history of evolution is one of the most complex questions that researchers are facing today. In this program, your students will work in small groups to start to unravel the history of groups of organisms we see today, using an inquiry-based approach to learning. Students have the opportunity to explore the collections, asking questions and following their curiosity to help them better understand evolution. At the end of the program, students will have a completed research journal to take their notes back to the classroom.

Each taxonomic group we will look at has a complex evolutionary history. Learning about the evolutionary past of a group will help us better understand it today. Students will feel empowered to research subjects like this at the museum and beyond. Students will increase their overall understanding of the processes of science through scientific inquiry and assessment, as well as develop an appreciation for and interest in biology.

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This is an educational program, which is an activity-focused experience. If you are looking for a museum tour, which will allow your group to learn more about the stories behind the museum’s exhibitions and displays, please look at our selections of 60-minutes tours, such as To Eat or Be Eaten or What is Biodiversity?.

  • Science 10: Genes are the foundation for the diversity of living things
  • Biology 11: All organisms have characteristics that define them as living and interdependent; life can be organized in a functional and structural hierarchy ranging from cells to the biosphere; living things are interdependent; living things are diverse and evolve over time
    • Agents of evolutionary change (patterns of evolution, tempo/rate of evolutionary change); living things and their roles in ecosystems
  • Biology 12: Cells are the basic unit of life

Many of our Educator Resources can support your visit. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Scavenger Hunts and Museum Activities

We suggest using a scavenger hunt before or after your program to help students explore the museum in a guided way.

  • Explore Evolution Map
  • Classification and Relationships
  • Amazing Evolution
  • Research Scavenger Hunt

Pre and Post-Visit Resources

  • Explore Evolution resource package
  • Speciation Sleuthing Project

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.