This article gives teachers a guide to planning class projects that follow standards. This guide is useful when trying to put together project based lessons and could be used in conjunction with any of the resources in this collection.
I split students in groups of three and they choose an animal they would like to research on the Galapagos Islands. The team has 30 minutes to research their animal and make a short presentation to the class about their animal.
During this unit, I try to focus mostly on the Galapagos Islands and less on Charles Darwin but if I have students very interested in Charles Darwin, I will give them this passage to do for extra credit.
This reading comprehension worksheet introduces students to Charles Darwin and some animals on the Galapagos Islands. The kids always bring up Charles Darwin during the Galapagos Islands Unit, so this passage answers some of their basic questions.
I always try to incorporate a current event if I can. This is a great resource about a giant tortoise saved from extinction and is even better because it includes questions about the article for students to answer.