20 Million Year Old Spider! Unweaving Spider Silk

Talk about a sticky situation! What is spider silk, anyway? Scholars scope out the science behind one of the world's strongest substances through a video from an intriguing science series. A leading spider scientist discusses the types of silk, examines ancient spiders trapped in amber, and tests the tensile strength of a single strand.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show the video to highlight an interesting adaptation or to begin a study of spiders
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Classroom Considerations

  • Brush up on protein synthesis before watching; try a fun interactive game for pupils with less experience 
Pros

  • Engaging from start to finish, the video is full of facts and amazing images
  • The narrator explains protein structure through diagrams and analogy, perfect for younger biologists
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS