Evolving Minds: Teaching natural selection in third grade classrooms (2023)
Evolution by natural selection is fundamental to understanding life, yet it is difficult to grasp because it is deeply counterintuitive. If we start early when students haven’t developed certain habits of mind, it’s easier to lay the foundation for them to understand natural selection. We have designed a 12-lesson unit and are testing it in four Massachusetts districts. Students show significant gains in grasping the mechanism of natural selection.
For more information about the curriculum: https://www.evolvingmindsproject.org/
NSF Award: 2009176