I have taught evolution in student teaching, but that was four years ago, and I cannot remember how I began the topic. I know I am stressing about this because my formal observation is falling around day two into this hot topic lesson, but this Biology class has really been lacking motivation lately. I have seen lesson plans that start by having students interview parents at home about their knowledge on evolution as a starter. That sounds like the worst idea ever for my majority religious student body. When religion comes up, I have always been adamant that evolution does not prove nor disprove the existence of God, and that one can entirely believe in God as well as accept proven evidence of evolution as a mechanism of change over time. How can I make an interesting and hands-on start to this unit? Sorry for all the newbie teacher questions to the forum! Your fellow encouragement really helps though!