Investigating With Charles Darwin by: John Eichinger

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Naturalist Charles Darwin made observations, conducted experiments, and kept detailed notebooks of his findings throughout his life. He was regularly transfixed by his observations of the natural world, whether in his early collecting days, during his legendary voyage on the Beagle, or on his daily walks in later life through the British countryside. This article offers two scientific investigations to deepen students’ understandings of not only how science operates, but how Darwin in particular, approached analysis of the natural world.

Grades
  • Elementary
Publication Date
10/1/2008

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  • on Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:37 PM

Inspired by an exhibit about Charles Darwin, an educator developed activities that would “deepen students’ understandings of not only how science operates but how Darwin in particular approached analysis of the natural world.” This article describes two activities in the article and another activity can be found online. The first is the abilities of different plant seeds to germinate after spending time immersed in salt water; the second focuses on observations of earthworm behavior. The online activity explores plant movement. Formative and summative assessment is explored as well.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:47 PM

This article introduces several activities that enable students to learn though inquiry and observation while learning about the history of Darwin. As students engage in hands-on learning experiences, like seeds drifting to far away places in sea water, they will investigate and observe as Darwin did. Students will also learn about Darwin's expedition and the importance of his findings on our understanding of natural selection. I look forward to using this activity with my students!

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)

  • on Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:45 PM

This article introduces several activities that enable students to learn though inquiry and observation while learning about the history of Darwin. As students engage in hands-on learning experiences, like seeds drifting to far away places in sea water, they will investigate and observe as Darwin did. Students will also learn about Darwin's expedition and the importance of his findings on our understanding of natural selection. I look forward to using this activity with my students!

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)


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