Cladograms

No, a cladogram is not a new mass measurement beyond kilo. In the video, scholars watch as a simple cladogram is constructed consisting of seven organisms with shared characteristics. From this, the instructor asks where a new organism would be placed, explaining parsimony. Viewers then see a cladogram of primates. Video two in a series of 18. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Video best fits after teaching evolution and natural selection and beginning a unit on classification
Classroom Considerations
  • Resource requires a computer, access to the Internet, and a way to project the video
  • Keep in mind that YouTube comments are open to the public and may not be appropriate 
  • Video is the second in a series of 18 that focuses on evolution
Pros
  • Great, simple, engaging example at the beginning
  • Provides closed captioning, which helps learners follow along and take notes
  • Utilizes high-quality diagrams
Cons
  • None
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