Charles Darwin and the Theory of Natural Selection



Age Range:

Learners age 8-14


Alan Hesse

If you are teaching evolution in primary schools then this resource is perfect. Charles Darwin and the Theory of Natural Selection tells the story of Darwin’s legendary visit to the Galápagos Islands in 1835 and his return to fame and fortune – and also tragedy – in England. Darwin’s observations and the many specimens he brought back from his voyage eventually led to the discovery of the theory of evolution by natural selection. Historically and scientifically accurate, this comic-style book tracks Darwin’s adventures in the mysterious and wonderful Galápagos Islands, and celebrates his legacy in forever changing our understanding of the natural world.Originally created for the Charles Darwin Foundation in Galápagos, this comic-style book combines beautiful illustrations with engaging text to appeal to all children learning about evolution.


Teaching evolution in primary schools

In 2014, evolution was added to the English primary science curriculum. This resource introduces the characters who first began thinking about evolution by natural selection, a very important aspect of the curriculum. This resource is perfect simply to have in a school library, or book corner for children to use. Alternatively it could be used as a starting point for many cross-curricular classroom activities while teaching evolution in primary schools. Can your class write a diary entry for Darwin explaining how he feels when he arrives on the Galápagos Islands? How about a letter to a friend about the discoveries they have made? Another option would be to use a section of the comic to introduce a research project on a particular animal.

Click here to find out why the NSTA Recommends website recommend this resource to make natural selection come to life.


Check out Let’s talk about evolution, our teachers guide to evolution in the new primary national curriculum.