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Most high schools require biology for high school graduation.  However, around us, high school biology does not do an adequate job of exploring evolutionary biology.  Thus, we divided up biology to allow a greater depth of study.  This blog is about how we covered evolutionary biology.  A future blog will be about marine biology and another about genetics.  We called our class Evolutionary Biology and the following are the materials we used.

Videos Used:

  • Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads by Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Darwin’s Secret Notebooks by the National Geographic Channel
  • The Day the Mesozoic Died by Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Bones, Stones, and Genes: The Origin of Modern Humans by Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • EVO: Ten Questions Everyone Should Ask About Evolution by Hummingbird Films
  • Evolution: Fossils, Genes, and Mousetraps by Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Animal Life in Action: Evolution by Schlessinger Media Science Library
  • The Making of the Fittest: The Complete Series by Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Books Used:

  • Cycles of Life: Evolution by Andres Llamas Ruiz
  • Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present by Cynthia Stokes Brown
  • Eyewitness Science: Evolution by Linda Gamlin
  • Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth by Jay Hosler
  • Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Michael Keller
  • Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be by Daniel Loxton
  • Evolution by Discovery Channel School Science
  • Horrible Science: Evolve or Die by Phil Gates
  • The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin by Peter Sis
  • Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters
  • Living Fossils: Clues to the Past by Caroline Arnold
  • Life on Earth: The Story of Evolution by Steve Jenkins
  • One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin by Kathryn Lasky
  • Evolution: The Story of Life by Douglas Palmer & Peter Barrett

Museums Visited:

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
  • Museum of Science, Boston
  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
  • Discovery World Science and Technology Museum
  • Explora
  • Canterbury Museum
  • Telus Spark