Evolution of an Organism Timeline Project

Science students are creating an evolution timeline.  They first chose a species or organism they were interested in studying.  Then they looked at fossil evidence of various ancestors of that species.

Students can do research at home, but the project needs to be created in class.

Parents, you can support your child by helping them find resources and understanding some of the articles they read.

How the project will be graded:

Task Requirements:

Create a timeline of your organism.

Your timeline must include:

  • at least two fossils or ancestors of your species
  • 5 adaptation or evolution examples (including the two fossil discoveries)
  • photographs or sketches with labels for all your examples
  • include what caused the species or organism to change
  • *You need to cite your sources *
Level descriptor
0 The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below.
1–2 The student is able to:

· include some of the task requirements

·  interpret data

3–4 The student is able to:

·  include most of the task requirements (3)

·  include all of the task requirements (4)

·  accurately interpret data and outline results

5–6 The student is able to:

·  include all of the task requirements

·  accurately interpret data and outline results using limited scientific reasoning

7–8 The student is able to:

·  include all of the task requirements

·       accurately interpret data and outline results using detailed scientific reasoning

Due Dates:

  • Timeline of 5 adaptation examples should be completed by Thursday the 11th of February.
  • All sixth graders will present their projects on Wednesday the 24th of February.

Presentations  should be 3-4 minutes in length.