The Evolution curriculum helps students learn Darwin’s model of natural selection as the process primarily responsible for evolution. A series of progressively more complex simulations are embedded in scaffolded activities and allow students to explore the connection between variations, adaptations, the interdependence of species, and the results of environmental pressure on populations over time. Students recognize that adaptations are the surprising but predictable outcome of a long series of gradual processes involving small differences between parents and offspring.

To prepare to use this curriculum in your class, review the Teacher Resources below. Start with the Evolution Curriculum & Lesson Plans. Then run the Teacher Editions of each computer-based activity, which adds a layer of teacher tips to the student version of the module.

Note: The original Java-based activities have been converted to run in a web browser. Some activity names have been changed.

In Experiment with Ecosystems students construct and conduct their own experiments with ecosystems comprising grass, rabbits, and up to two predator species: hawks and foxes.

Package Includes

  • Teacher Edition
  • Class Dashboard
  • Pre- and Post-Test

Teacher Resources

Theory & Background

Evolution Curriculum & Lesson Plans
A list of all resources with links to lesson plans and teacher editions as well as an overview of the online activities.

Guide to Mystery Plants
A guide to the features of the plants and how they are adapted to certain environments.

Guide to the Virtual Ecosystem
A guide to the rabbit, hawk, fox, and grass species and how they are adapted to certain environments.

Learning Goals & Assessment

Evolution Big Ideas & Learning Goals
Learn about the 11 big ideas of evolution behind this set of activities.

Class Dashboard Guide
How to get started with the Class Dashboard and view student work in real time.

Ready to get started? Learn how to Set up a Class and Assign Materials.