Tardigrades: Adorable Extremophiles

Tardigrades are microscopic organisms (0.5 mm long) with segmented bodies and four pairs of legs, each with four to eight claws. The narrator of this video explores tardigrades, organisms that can survive the most extreme environments imaginable. Their abilities to withstand extreme pressures and temperatures make them the perfect species to research and learn from. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Allow pairs to explore the panspermia hypothesis further
  • Have learners research tardigrades and share their findings with the class
Classroom Considerations

  • Video finishes at 4:00 and rest is advertising
Pros

  • Engaging video due to topic (not many have heard of tardigrades)
  • Uses high-quality images and graphics, adding to the interest of the video
  • Video is short, so it is easy to incorporate into a lesson
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS