The Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to Evolution Using Bivalves as a Model Organism (TFGEB) is designed to provide teachers with background information necessary to teach the concept of evolution. It is not a curriculum, rather it is meant to provide background information and ideas to support existing curricula. Links to resources that provide evolution curricula and activities can be found in the Resources section.
The TFGEB is divided into seven chapters or sections:
You do not have to read this Guide from front to back!
Despite the linear progression here, each chapter is written to stand alone. The sections can to be read and/or presented in whatever order seems appropriate for your class. There is built-in repetition of main concepts between chapters to facilitate easy searching and using different parts of the Guide throughout the academic year. The chapters are conveniently cross-referenced to find more information about a concept in other sections.
Print or online? It’s your choice!
|The content of the Guide is based upon the U.S. National Science Education Standards as well as a cross-section of state curricula, specifically New York, Texas, and California. It is targeted to secondary level biology classes, Grades 9-12, which is when students are expected to learn about evolution in detail. It will also be helpful for intermediate level science classes, Grades 5-8, when the concepts of evolution are first introduced. The chart below details how the TFGEB addresses these standards.|
|Section & Standard:||Content Standards,|
9 - 12
9 - 12
9 - 11
9 - 12
|Why Study Evolution?||A7, G2||3.1a, 3.1k|
|How the Theory Developed||A7, G1, G3|
|How Evolution Works||C1, C2, C4, C5||3.1a, 3.1b, 3.1f, 3.1g, 3.1h||7C, 7D, 7E, 7F||7A, 7C, 7D, 8A, 8C, 8D|
|The Evidence for Evolution||C2, C3, C5||3.1a, 3.1e, 3.1i, 3.1k, 3.1l||7A, 7B, 7E||8B, 8E, 8F, 8G|
|Evolution in Everyday Life||C1, C2|
To cite this website, please use this citation: Mikkelsen, P. M., & R. Henne. 2011. The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Evolution Using Bivalves as a Model Organism. Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York, http://teacherfriendlyguide.org/bivalves, last accessed [insert date of access].