Students will use the information they have learned about the evidence scientists use to prove the theory of evolution in a real life look at an authentic question about evolution in whales.
Intro to the Lesson: Students are presented with the question on whether or not Whales evolved from land mammals to become marine mammals. A teacher may chose to keep this very vague so students will learn and answer more of their own questions as they go through the process.
Presenting a real problem and guided partner read idea from McCallum, Rick and Arthur Beauchamp, workshop on Literacy in a Science Classroom. Given on March 9th at the Hands on Lab at CSUC.
Gingerich, Phillip. Research on the Origin and Early Evolution of Whales (Cetacea).
Thewissen, J. G.M., Whale Origins research.