Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans

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What makes you human? Bipedality, tool use, and large brains, of course! Scholars learn about the early evolution of humans by watching a video. Scientists explain the challenges in studying early humans and the information gleaned from Ardipithecus, Australopithecus, and early Homo skeletons.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Create a timeline on human evolution for learners to fill in
  • Provide cloze notes for the class to complete as they watch the video
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should have some familiarity with evolution
Pros

  • Includes review questions embedded in the video
  • Provides actual excavation footage from various expeditions
Cons

  • None