Why the Evolutionary Epic Matters: Crash Course Big History #203

Imagine a world where the only animals roaming the earth are domesticated. One day, we might not have to imagine the scenario of no wild animals—and that day approaches faster than predicted. A video explains the evolution from single-celled microbes to current day. Then it describes the current, sixth mass extinction and how much worse it gets.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Graph the extinction rates by century throughout history
  • Research what each rise in global temperature mentioned in the video would mean for your location
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes prior knowledge from the previous videos plus of the previous five mass extinction events
  • The 13th in a 16-part Crash Course-Big History series
Pros

  • Connects the past, present, and future seamlessly
  • Includes subtitles in English for ease of note taking
  • Entertaining graphics help hold viewers' attention
Cons

  • None