Charles Darwin Postcard Activity
In 1831, Charles Darwin set out for a voyage around the world on the HMS Beagle.
You will be Charles Darwin’s lab assistant as he sets out to sail. Explore the following website to
learn more about what Darwin did on his voyage http://www.aboutdarwin.com/ and if needed, use
Google.com to get the rest of your information.
On the “front side” of your postcard:
Describe what you learned on the voyage.
• What was the primary mission of the voyage?
• What kind of observations did Darwin make?
• List the primary stops the HMS Beagle made along the way.
• Which stop was most interesting? Why?
• What book did Darwin write when he returned to England? How long did it take
him to write it?
• What was the most important discovery that Darwin made?
• List any interesting facts.
Don’t forget to include a date, salutation (who is your postcard being sent to) and a closing (who is
the postcard being sent from) in your letter.
• On the “backside” of the postcard, design an attractive photo layout representing
• Try to make it look like an authentic postcard.
• Your pictures should refer to something you’ve written about.
Category 4 pts 3 pts 2pts 1 pts 0 pts
Time Used time Used most of Used some Did not use Visited
Management wisely the class of the class class time unrelated
during time wisely. time wisely. wisely. websites
class. Never Rarely Occasionally Often and
distracted distracted distracted distracted distracted
others. others. others. others. others.
Salutation & Both Only 1 None
Closing present. present. present.
Required The Majority of Half of the Less than None of
Questions postcard required required half of the the
answers all questions questions required questions
required are on the are questions were
questions as postcard. included. are included
well as included. in
Graphics – Includes 3 Includes 2 Contains a Graphics do No
Relevance or more graphics graphic not relate to graphics.
graphics that are related to topic.
that are related to the topic.
related to the topic
the topic and makes
and makes it easier to
it easier to understand.
Content – All facts are Almost all Some facts Most facts All facts
Accuracy accurate. facts are are are are
accurate. accurate. inaccurate. inaccurate.
Attractiveness The The The The Postcard
postcard is postcard is postcard is postcard is looks like
typed, not neatly handwritten, sloppily it was
wrinkled, handwritten, slightly handwritten, shoved at
and no not wrinkled wrinkled or the bottom
distracting wrinkled, and has folded, and of a locker
errors. and has no distracting has or
distracting errors. distracting crammed
errors. errors. in a
Total out of 24 points _________________ / 24