Recently I have had loads of difficult questions from the children such as "How did apes turn into people?", and "Were monsters alive when dinosaurs were?". So I decided to try out this unit study on evolution from Intellego Unit Studies. So far the children and I are pretty impressed.
The first part is about palaeontology. First we talked about what we already know and what we want to find out.
We then followed some links in the curriculum to read up on fossils and palaeontology. We also , watched some videos. We then found out a bit about diversity. This involved some new vocabulary.
Next we went outside to see how diverse life is in our garden.
We then explored the house for evidence of life (or things that had once been alive). Our nature table, fridge and food cupboards contained lots of diversity.
Next we watched some videos about palaeontologists. We talked about how collecting fossils and interpreting them can be like doing a jigsaw puzzle with some of the pieces missing. So next we made a jigsaw, took out some of the pieces, buried it, and then dug it up again.
|Diplodocus puzzle by L|
|Stegosaurus puzzle by R|
|Burying the puzzles|
|Excavating the "fossils"|
The children then had to put the puzzles back together and add their interpretations for the missing sections.
We're only a short way in to the unit study so stay tuned for more...