Cnidarians: Life on the Move

The first animals to have muscles, nerves, mouths, and stomachs evolved into a diverse group of cnidarians. Individuals learn about the evolution of these anemones. A video shares how they catch prey and defend their habitat, as well as how they evolved into jellyfish.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Research more about cnidarians' place on the Tree of Life
  • Add all new vocabulary to science journals
Classroom Considerations

  • Video offers streaming or downloading

  • Works well in a traditional or flipped classroom
  • Shares video of never before seen animals, some so new they don't have names yet

  • None