History of Life Teacher Resources
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Science Puzzlers, Twisters, and Teasers: The History of Life on Earth
6th - 8th
A somewhat amusing assignment, this worksheet lists statements that an ancient organism may have made and asks learners to determine what geologic era that each may have lived in. It uses witty word puzzles and fill-in-the-blank-style...
A Quick Look at the History of Life on Earth Part 2 - The Phanerozoic Eon
6th - 12th
Three eras of the current Phanerozoic geological eon are broken down for your pupils. Biological features of the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras are listed, along with the possible causes of mass extinctions. Plenty of diagrams,...
The Most Important Moment in the History of Life
7 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Scholars learn about the first endosymbiosis, which lead to the production of the first organelle, mitochondria that are able to change shape, divide, reproduce, or grow larger, providing what is needed by a cell. The rest of the video...
A Brief History of Life: How Did Everything Begin?
7th - 11th
Addressing the idea of intelligent design, as well as a number of creation myths, this presentation gives a measured and scientific perspective to the beginning of the world. It includes a graphic on the Big Bang Theory, evolution, and...
A Quick Look at the History of Life on Earth or The History of the World, Part 1
9th - 12th
Give your earth scientists or evolutionary biologists a very brief overview of the history of planet Earth using this presentation as a support. A slide explores the big bang theory and one describes the formation of our solar system. A...
A Brief History of Life: When Life Exploded
11 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Dimetrodon is generally featured in children's books about dinosaurs even though it wasn't a reptile and lived in an earlier era than dinosaurs. The way life developed wasn't as smooth as many people think. The video focuses on the...
A Brief History of Life: Survival Is Hard
9 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
When did life start on Earth? An enchanting video introduces some of the earliest times in the history of our planet. From rocks that no longer exist to the development of oceans and plate tectonics, The resource details the first couple...
A Brief History of Life: Dinosaur Time!
9 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Scientists have confirmed that more than 30 species of non-avian dinosaurs had feathers. The evolution of life on the planet during the time of the dinosaurs fascinates most children at some point. Research often changes or updates what...
America's History in the Making: Classroom Applications Three
6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
How can primary sources bring history to life? Scholars create detailed lesson plans on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in American history. The 17th installment of a 22-part program exploring American history examines...
Study History through Journal Keeping
8th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Journal writing can be a fun way to bring history to life. Upper graders read a series of journals from the time of the westward expansion, specifically the pioneer journey along the Oregon Trail. They compose an ongoing journal from the...
Black History Month Project: A Dinner Party
5th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
What would Frederick Douglass say to Martin Luther King, Jr. if he had the chance? Would Harriet Tubman have any comments for Rosa Parks if they sat across the table from each other? Pupils bring history to life by researching famous...
One Land, Many Trails: Challenge Activities (Theme 5)
5th CCSS: Adaptable
Bring history to life through literature. The first in a series of three challenge activities designed to accompany Theme 5: One Land, Many Trails does just that through unique projects connected to historical fiction and nonfiction...
How did Life in Egypt affect Medicine: Ancient Medicine
7th - 9th
Connect ancient Egyptian life ways affected their medical practices. Each side presents several facts connecting economy, skilled workers, trade, writing, farming, and religion to ancient medicine. This is a very interesting presentation...
Evolution Primer #3: How Do We Know Evolution Happens?
7 mins 9th - 12th
How do scientists know what they do about evolution? Looking at fossilized data, paleontologists examine fossils to show the evolution and changes that developed into modern whales. We find out that scientists use physical evidence,...
History of Media Literacy Part 1: Crash Course Media Literacy
10 mins 8th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Even Plato understood the importance of media! Part of an ongoing series of media literacy videos, the resource takes viewers to where it all began ... ancient Greece. The video covers the emergence of media and the written word, the...
Literacy in History/Social Studies: 6-8th Grade ELA Common Core
6th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
The common core literacy standards for social studies revolve around helping students closely read and understand primary and secondary sources. Browse these resources and find ones relevant to the social studies topics you're teaching!
Southern Society during the Civil War: Black Society
4th - 6th
Students research and discuss the societal changes during the Civil War as it relates to various parts of southern society. In this southern society during the civil war lesson, students examine what life was like for slaves during the...
Migration During the Great Depression: Living History
3rd - 8th
Students interview immigrants of Central Florida and photograph them to learn their oral history and life stories. In this immigration lesson plan, students discover where people come from, and write about the life story of this person.
Four Ways to Understand the Earth's Age
4 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Cartoon children compare the earth's age to timescales that we understand:a calendar year, the thickness of a book, the human lifespan. This smart film clip is definitely worth adding to your geologic timescale lesson! If you subscribe...
The 12 Days of Evolution - Complete Series!
18 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Scientists believe red hair and pale skin evolved in northern Europe because it helped humans synthesize vitamin D easier than those with more melanin in their skin. Viewers explore many interesting facets of evolution in a video all...
Wells Fargo History Museum: Curriculum Guide
4th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Learn about the California Gold Rush from an institution that has been in place since the early days of the American West: Wells Fargo History Museum. From domain-specific vocabulary review to group research projects, an expansive packet...
How We Think Complex Cells Evolved
6 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Being able to absorb the abilities of other life forms may seem like something taken from a superhero movie, but sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. Join the narrator as he takes viewers back billions of years to investigate how...
Worksheet: Evidence of Darwin’s Evolutionary Theory at the Fossil Park
9th - 12th
Take a close-up look at the evolution of hyenas in South Africa. Natural historians read about the five hyena species found in the fossil record and examine four statements that summarize the theory of evolution. As a culminating...
The Ancient Mediterranean: Trade, Contact, and Cultural Diffusion
Ninth graders begin the lesson by being introduced to the basic terms of economics. In groups, they discover how they are affected by trade because of the clothes they wear and foods they eat. Using primary sources, they examine the...
Scripting the Past: Exploring Women's History Through Film
9th - 12th
Explore women's history through films and filmmaking. An innovative research project prompts class members to create their own screenplay about a figure in women's history. After outlining their characters, settings, and plots, young...
Life in a Box: Pocahontas, Betsy Ross, Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks
K - 3rd
Students investigate the lives of important women who fought for their rights. In this equality lesson, students examine the different gender roles throughout history and define the actions many women were made famous by. Students view...
LIfe in a Box: George Washington's Role in the Revolution
Fourth graders guess who the three items would have belonged to when the teacher describes them to the class. In this American history lesson, 4th graders listen to the description of three things in a box and determine that these three...