Chordates

Did you know that coelacanths, a living chordate fossil, can live at an ocean depth of 2,300 feet, grow to be 6.5 feet long, and weigh almost 200 pounds? The narrator of a video series on evolution continues his way up the evolutionary ladder in terms of complexity as he explains to viewers the characteristics all chordates have in common–notochord, nerve cord, pharyngeal slits, and post-anal tail. He walks learners through the three subphylum, showing examples of each, and moves on to discuss the remainder of the chordate groups. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • The variety of chordates is amazing; therefore, have learners choose a chordate to research and present to the class
  • Pause video at set points to pose questions to pairs, allowing them to share and discuss answers 
Classroom Considerations

  • Video 24 in a series of 40
Pros

  • Video contains a table of contents that permits teachers to replay certain segments
  • Interesting segment on the catch of a Coelacanth in 1938
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS