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Part of Hall of Human Origins.
This activity is modular to give teachers flexibility in how they assign components to their students. The Virtual Hall Tour and Student Investigation are the core assignment. The extension activities are meant to provide opportunities for deeper student engagement.
For more information about how to adapt this activity for your students, standards-alignment, and answer keys, download a Teacher's Guide:
Students will use Google Arts and Culture to take a virtual tour of the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins starting with the three skeletons at the entrance. Ask students to explore the hall and find:
Then, students will complete a worksheet using the photos in the PDF for reference.
To deepen student engagement with this content, you may choose to add a Virtual Lab Experience to explore Genetics or Human Evolution. These virtual labs include video tutorials and hands-on activities.
Students can prepare for their virtual visit by reading a non-fiction text about human evolution titled "Evolution: How it Works." This reading can help introduce the topic or serve as a content refresher to help frame their investigation.
Based on your reading and your exploration of the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins to synthesize in writing what you learned about human evolution. Be sure to:
Support your discussion with evidence from the reading and the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins.
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