Cristina Diaz, Taxonomist: Sponge Biology

Scientists know of almost 10,000 different species of sponges. Listen to a passionate female scientists describe her work as a taxonomist for sponges. She demonstrates an experiment in the ocean off Indonesia and shares her passion for the unique creatures in an informational video.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Map the areas where sponges live
  • Before the video, discuss what it takes for scientists to consider something an animal and if they should consider sponges animals at all
Classroom Considerations

  • Video permits streaming, downloading, and sharing as needed
Pros

  • Designed to integrate with Google classroom
  • Works well in traditional or flipped classrooms
Cons

  • None