The Evolutionary Epic: Crash Course Big History #5

In the timeline of history, Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex lived further apart from each other than Tyrannosaurus rex and humans. The fifth Crash Course-Big History video in a series of 16 introduces the concept of evolution. It offers a historic perspective with Darwin and natural selection. It also focuses on the new technologies and research proving the theory true.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a visual timeline of the items discussed from 13:10 to 13:45 to help pupils conceptualize it
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes prior knowledge of prokaryotes and eukaryotes
  • Avoid the comment section if at all possible
Pros

  • Highlights vocabulary throughout
  • Includes closed captioning in six languages for the benefit of English learners
  • Entertaining graphics keep viewers focused
Cons

  • None