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What Can You Learn From Ancient Skeletons?

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Skeletons may not be able to speak, but they can still tell us a lot. High schoolers watch a short video about the ways biological anthropologists can use a skeleton's bone structure to determine age, gender, place of birth, and social status.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video as a warm-up to a chemistry class about isotopes, or when discussing bone structure in human biology
  • Connect with a lesson on ancient skeletons, such as Lucy, and what scientists have discovered from their bones
Classroom Considerations
  • Touches on the topic of biological anthropology; encourages learners to dig deeper in their research to round out their knowledge of the subject
  • Comes with a short assessment to check for learner understanding
  • Short length makes the video a great springboard for additional conversation and discussion
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