Evolution Using Galapagos Species As Examples

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Bri Bailey

Action Plan

I will gather information and resources from the Charles Darwin Research Center, as well as throughout the trip. Primary and secondary resources gathered will include but not be limited to: fossil records, video and audio from tours, models of the Galapagos marine ecosystem, resources from the Natural History Collections, and specific species photo journals. Students will use these resources to create a model for presentation in order to answer the essential question. I will also use Instagram Stories for engagement to record my travels, pose questions, and share the adventure with my students – turning my journey into our journey through the Galapagos!

Pre-Departure Preparation

I teach middle school Life Science and have a project planned for my students to answer the question: How do organisms change over time in response to changes in the environment? The action plan for the project is as follows: (1) students will choose a species native to the Galapagos Islands, (2) research the biological evolution of that species in order to answer the question, and (3) build a model for presentation. Students will connect their project to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, focusing on goals 13, 14, and 15. I will use resources from The Global Goals World's Largest Lesson to help students connect their research to The Global Goals. I will also use technology tools, such as Flipgrid, to engage with students on their project.

Preparation During Travel

I will need to schedule tours and research areas where I might find additional resources for my students.