From the Cambrian Explosion to the Great Dying

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Life before the dinosaurs was pretty amazing—and very fragile! Discover what Earth was like for Cambrian creatures, from the smallest ocean-dwellers to the first land animals. A video from an extensive biology playlist explores how early life lived and died during a tumultuous time in Earth's past.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create research groups and assign a different event to each one
  • The video works well in both life science and earth science classes
Classroom Considerations

  • Some general understanding of how the fossil record is used is helpful for viewing the resource
  • The video moves quickly, so it might be beneficial to pause and recap at the end of each segment
Pros

  • The video is full of fascinating facts and images
  • Shows each event on a time scale to help viewers keep them in perspective
Cons

  • None
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