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Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes: Lesson Plans
This website provides access to lesson plans published by the Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes (ENSI). Based on 32 key ideas of scientific thought, the ENSI program emphasizes the importance of teaching the nature of modern science before introducing the elements of evolution as an example of modern scientific thinking. This website features lessons in three categories - the nature of science, the origins of life, and evolution. Lesson plans are organized into eight sections including an overview of concepts and objectives, logistics such as time, materials, and teaching preparations, and ready-to-use handouts and worksheets for students. These lessons are intended for use in any high school biology course, and may also be used in middle school and/or lower division university courses depending on slight modifications and the experience and level of students.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • Biology
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Paleontology
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1999 by the Evolution & the Nature of Science Institutes. This material may be copied only for noncommercial classroom teaching purposes, and only if this source is clearly cited.
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-NAGT-000-000-000-391
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Creating Effective Web-based Learning Resources in the Geosciences'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Jean Beard
Evolution & the Nature of Science Institutes