Upper Elementary
History & Social Studies

Galapagos Islands and Charles Darwin for 5th Grade

The Galapagos Islands are more than just Charles Darwin! This collection explores the Galapagos Islands for geography, reading comprehension, and basic research. Don't fret - I still included some articles about Darwin.
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Galapagos Islands and Charles Darwin for 5th Grade
  • Billy McGrath says:
    I always have word searches related to the theme/unit for students to do if they finish their work early or have free time.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Aligning the Projects With the Standards

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    Billy McGrath says:
    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.
  • Billy McGrath says:
    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.
  • Billy McGrath says:
    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.
  • Billy McGrath says:
    This is a resource I use as a foundation for 5th grade projects. This lesson plan also includes geography which is important because most resources talk about Darwin.
  • Billy McGrath says:
    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.
  • dogonews.com
    dogonews.com

    Galapagos Island Giant Tortoises Saved From Near Extinction

    5 minute read
    Billy McGrath says:
    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.
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