Interactive Timelines

Big History Project at:

The Big History Project is a joint effort between teachers, scholars and scientists.This multi-disciplinary approach is aimed at high school students, yet designed for anyone seeking answers to the big questions about the history of our Universe. Unit 5 focuses Life.

ChronoZoom links to

ChronoZoom is an educational tool for teachers and students who want to put historical events in perspective. Created by Walter Alvarez, the geologist who confirmed the theory of the T1 meteor event and dinosaur extinction.

OneZoom links to

An interactive map of the evolutionary relationships between 1.8 million species of life on our planet. Each leaf on the tree represents a species and the branches show how they are connected through evolution. Very cool fractal tree. created by Dr. Yan Wong (who helped write The Ancestor’s Tale with Richard Dawkins)

Exploring Life’s Origins links to

Animations about origin of life & proto-cells by science visualizer Janet Iwasa. Funded by NSF.

Deep History of Life on Earth links to

The record of life on Earth stretches over 3 billion years, with evidence ranging from chemical signatures in rocks and ancient biological molecules to fossils of colossal dinosaurs and early humans. Made by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Online Resource for Teaching Evolution

University of California: Berkeley: Understanding Evolution: Grade Level: K-College

This site breaks down resources into age appropriate lessons: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, 13-16. Every lesson is listed with the corresponding Next Generation Science Standards.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History: Teaching Evolution Through Human Experience: Grade Level: 9-12

The Smithsonian sight includes four lessons on teaching evolution through human examples. There is also a Cultural and Religious Sensitivity Training Resource.

PBS: The Inner Fish, Your Inner Reptile, Your Inner Monkey: Grade Level: 9-12

A series of three videos with classroom guides that discuss the hidden parts of evolution that are present in the human body.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: BioInteractive: Grade Level: 9-12

This is a collection of videos, video clips, lectures, activities, virtual labs, teacher guides, interviews with scientists, and posters. Some of the activities are available in Spanish.

Tree of Life: Grade Level: 9-12

Links to over 10,000 web pages that provide information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history.

Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers: Grade Level: 9-12

There are 10 labs on evolution.

Becoming Human:

Created by Arizona State University Institute of Human Origins

Becoming Human brings together interactive multimedia, research and scholarship to promote greater understanding of the course of human evolution.

Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science:

The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) will give middle school teachers the tools they need to effectively teach evolution and answer its critics based on new Next Generation Science Standards.

Evolution Institute – This View of Life:

“The Evolution Institute is a bold and imaginative way to place the central issues of evolution–crucial to biology and to human self-understanding–into the mainstream of public affairs. ” –Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

Khan Academy Evolution

Khan Academy Big History