Evolution Assembly. This script has ‘serious factual content’ including a timeline from the beginning of time to the present, but it has plenty of humour including a seriously bad set of jokes at the end!
This assembly or class play is based on the Evolution and Inheritance unit of study and has the following coverage:
- How fossils record changes that living things undergo over millions of years
- Shared characteristics of parents and offspring
- Adaptation and evolution of animals and plants in order to survive in different habitats/how characteristics are acquired rather than inherited/natural selection
- How creatures change over long periods of time
And includes such Curriculum Requirements as:
- Work of Carolus Linnaeus
- Characteristics are passed from parents to offspring
- Evolution – Natural Selection·
- Pupils learn about how the fossil record allows us to see how living things have changed over millions of years- about how evolution occurs via natural selection with adaptations in animals and plants.
A cast of 30 (easily adjustable). Duration: Around 20 minutes without the inclusion of music suggestions.
International Darwin Day
International Darwin Day is a celebration to commemorate the birthday of Charles Darwin on 12 February 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin’s contributions to science and to promote science in general. Darwin Day is celebrated around the world.
Evolution Assembly Sample Text:
(Enter Giant Tortoise slowly)
Narrator: (Sarcastically) In your own time!
Giant Tortoise: Hey! No need to rush! And it’s not like I have any predators to run from.
Narrator: Just as well! Have you had far to come?
Giant Tortoise: I live on the Galapagos islands, off the South American coast.
Narrator: Whoa! That’s a long way!
Giant Tortoise: Not as far as Mr Darwin travelled on his five-year trip!
Narrator: So, you met the great man?
Finch: We certainly did! Took some of us home with him!
Darwin: (To Giant Tortoise and Finch) You got me thinking about
(To Giant Tortoise) Differently patterned shells
(To Finch) Different shaped beaks.
You see, these creatures were different on each island suggesting they had adapted to their immediate environment.
Giant Tortoise & Finch: (Together) Fascinating!
(Exit Giant Tortoise & Finch)
Narrator: Shall we look at some other examples?
Darwin: (Enthusiastically) Certainly!
Music 3 Parade of the Charioteers
(Enter Stag and Peacock, both strutting proudly across the stage)
Stag: Look at my fine antlers! (Looks at audience) Anyone want to take me on?
Peacock: Huh! No need for any violence! Just look at my magnificent display (opens tail to full effect). Who could not be impressed with me?
Narrator: (Thoughtfully) Hmm. They are rather winning features
Stag: It’s called ‘survival of the fittest’!
Peacock: You’ve gotta have what it takes you know!
Narrator: (Impatiently) Yes, yes, we can see that!
(Narrator ushers Stag and Peacock back to their places)
Chimpanzee: But if its brains you’re looking for
(Enter Modern Man/Homo Sapiens)
Man: Look no further!
Chimpanzee: (Angrily) Hey! That was my line!
Man: Well, I figured as I am further up the tree than you
Narrator: (Interrupting) Pardon?
Man: Well, we might both have common ancestry but
Music 4 – I’m an Ape Man – The Kinks
(Enter Ape on all fours, grunting)
Narrator: Hmm. Not sure I’m going to get much information out of this one!
(Enter Mary Leakey)
Mary Leakey: Not unless you understand ‘ape-speech’!