Understanding How Humans Evolved

Elementary School Outreach Program

Understanding human evolution allows us to understand and ask questions about what modern humans look like and how we behave. This presentation will engage students with important questions about humans as primates, how our bodies and behaviors have changed
over time, and what makes our species, Homo sapiens sapiens, unique. Dr. Jay Reti (UC Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Junior College) will use basic science to explain these complex issues to students in an engaging and fun way.

This program will bring multiple casts of early hominin species’ skulls so students can handle them and use them to ask questions about this subject. At the end of the presentation students will work in groups using the casts to find specific features on each of the hominins.


At the end of this hour-long presentation and activity, students will come away with:


  1. take place in the classroom

  2. last for approximately 60 minutes

  3. include pre- and post presentation activities (upon request)

  4. are hands-on and inquiry based

  5. can be modified appropriately for your specific classroom

  6. are hassle-free and easy to plan

  7. are designed for a class of 30 students*

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  1. 1. a basic understanding of what makes humans unique compared to other primates

  2. 2. some names of human and other early hominin species and their skeleton

  3. 3. a basic vocabulary to talk about evolution and the way species change over time

  4. 4. the ability to ask analytical questions about human evolution

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