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Directions: Create Cover Art (at end of unit or when inspired, can be collage, cartoon, or a stand alone

artistic wonder. Secondly, create Cornell Notes for assigned readings, videos, etc. Follow all
Cornell Note steps in order.

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UNIT GOAL/LEARNING TARGET PRE-ASSESSMENT


Notes

*cite specific details (CDs) and be elaborate (CMs); fill the space with awesomeness!
UNIT GOAL: Explain how life developed and changed over time and what factors have led up to the existence of modern life. (D
ont
answer this now, the Unit Goal is a synthesis of the Learning Targets, which you will attempt to answer in this activity). Simply make
your best guesses on all of the LTs below. Inferences/educated guesses are better than leaving it blank.
1.

Describe the conditions that made it possible for life to emerge on Earth and, particularly, why rocky planets are best suited for life
to emerge. (see Chapter 5.0 on Big History Website, as well as other activities)

2. List the six mini-thresholds of life and explain a) what caused the change and b) what effect did this change have on our planet. (see
Chapter 5.1 on Big History Website, as well as other activities)

3. Define adaptation, evolution, and natural selection. Also, provide evidence that proves that these occur regularly in nature. ( see
Chapter 5.1 on Big History Website, as well as other activities)

4. Describe the major events in the development of life on Earth and how extinction events helped lead to modern life. ( see Chapter 5.2
on Big History Website, as well as other activities)

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5. Explain how a meteor caused the dinosaurs to become extinct. (see Chapter 5.2 on Big History Website, as well as other activities)

6. Explain the claim testers that scientists use to explain the KT extinction event. (see Chapter 5.2 on Big History Website, as well as
other activities)

7. Define biosphere and explain how life has interacted with it and threatened it over time. (see Chapter 5.2 on Big History Website, as
well as other activities)

8. Debate how faith and evolution interact. Can they both be true or not? Explain. (see Chapter 5.3 on Big History Website, as well as
other activities)

9. Argue how exactly Darwins ideas have been misused by using primary documents to formulate an historical argument. (see Chapter
5.3 on Big History Website, as well as other activities)

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THRESHOLD CARD #5 LIFE ON EARTH


Directions - Complete the Threshold Card (title top box, Goldi.Cond./Ingred., New Complexities & Qs on bottom)

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VIDEO: H2s A BIG HISTORY OF EVERYTHING - LIFE


Questions

Notes

*3+ Qs per pg. of notes

*cite specific details (CDs) and be elaborate (CMs); fill the space with awesomeness!
Directions: Preview the Qs, watch the video, then discuss/answer the Qs using words/images...
1.

Comets & Asteroids came from where? Explain.

2.

What is the Threshold for this unit and what word is used to describe it?

3.

Explain the Panspermia Theory (cosmic origins of life).

4.

Explain the Abiogenesis Theory (deep ocean origins of life; images and words are acceptable)

5.

What makes up DNA and what does DNA do?

6.

What do we call the earliest type of life? (hint more than 1 name)

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VIDEO: H2s A BIG HISTORY OF EVERYTHING - LIFE continued...


Questions

Notes

*3+ Qs per pg. of notes

*cite specific details (CDs) and be elaborate (CMs); fill the space with awesomeness!
7.

Describe the explosion of life that took place 3 billion years after life first evolved.

8.

Why do we think that some forms of life move onto land and how did they bring some of the ocean
with them? (hint think reproduction, what came first the chicken or the?)

9.

How is complex life, such as humans, more fragile than simple forms of life like bacteria? (Hint:
What percentage of life was wiped out at least 5x during Earths history?)

10. Explain how what happened to the dinosaurs shows how extinction events reshuffle the deck
evolutionarily (Hint: asteroids and evolutionary restart via grasslands; horses and humans).

Summary: (hint: in this case you should highlight what you knew already and what you need to learn in sentence form)

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VIDEO: HOW DID LIFE BEGIN AND CHANGE?


Questions

Notes
Directions: These questions may not be entirely answerable based on the video, answer what you can
then return to the Qs as we go thru the unit when you come across more info...
1. What 4 qualities of a living organism does David Christian identify? How do they work together to
help a living organism survive? Guess, dont worry youll get another chance.

2. Why is DNA so important? Guess, dont worry youll get another chance.

3. Who first documented his observations of natural selection? How did he first describe his
observations? How were his ideas received at the time? What has changed since? Guess, dont
worry youll get another chance.

4. How does an organism know how to extract energy from its surroundings?

5. Whats something you do every morning to adjust to your surroundings?

6. How do flowers reproduce? Explain.

7. What traits have you inherited from your parents?

8. Can you think of a time in your life when you were trying to repeat something youd done before,
messed it up, but actually created something different that was equally valuable or better?

9. How do the different qualities of life work together?

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VIDEO: HOW DID LIFE BEGIN AND CHANGE? continued...


Questions

Notes
10. What role does DNA play? In addition to software in a computer, what else is like DNA?

11. How do peoples choices about which living organisms should reproduce affect or influence your
life?

12. Is there anything humans could or are doing to disrupt this natural process of evolution?

13. How can artificial selection be observed in different species over different time periods?

14. Why might people have challenged Darwins ideas?

15. What are other ways to explore the evolution of specific species?

16. How has new technology provided more evidence for evolution?

Summary:

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VIDEO: STATED CLEARLY: WHAT IS EVOLUTION?


Questions

Notes
Directions: Preview the Qs, watch the video, then discuss/answer the Qs using words/images...
1. Write down the definition of evolution. (preferably in your own words)

2. How do Amoeba reproduce?

3. Why is DNA mutation important?

4. Explain two ways that Badgers evolve.

5. How and why did dogs evolve from Gray Wolves; what is artificial about it?

6. What is the theory of a universal common ancestor?

7. What guides this evolution?

Summary:

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VIDEO: STATED CLEARLY: WHAT IS NATURAL


SELECTION?
Questions

Notes
Directions: Preview the Qs, watch the video, then discuss/answer the Qs using words/images...
1. Descent with modification: what is it?

2. What is common descent?

3. Why in history did most disagree with common descent?

4. What did Darwin notice on nearby islands?

5. Why are Galapagos Tortoises so anatomically different from each other?

6. What is selective breeding? Give 2+ examples in your description.

7. When nature produces a variety of offspring : what does nature do?

8. Write down the definition the of Natural Selection.

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Summary:

VIDEO: STATED CLEARLY: WHATS THE EVIDENCE FOR


EVOLUTION
Questions

Notes

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Directions: Preview the Qs, watch the video, then discuss/answer the Qs using words/images...
1. What are the two claims made by the theory of Evolution?
2. First line of evidence : Anatomy.
a. What are the anatomical features that make Whales mammals?
b.

What are three pieces of evidence that Whales are mammals and evolved from land
animals?

3. Second line of evidence : Embryology - What happens to the Dolphins development before
birth? (nasal passages)
4. Third line of evidence : Fossils.
a. Basilosaurus: why is this evidence that Whales were once land mammals?
b.

Maiacetus: what did they use their feet for ? what does it appear to be?

5. Fourth line of evidence: DNA


a. What is the closest relative to Whales?
b.

What does this mean, what doesnt it mean?

c.

What strange features do Whales and Hippos share? (three)

d.

What did bird wings evolve from?

e.

What did fish evolve from ?

Summary:

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