History's Most Powerful Plants

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At one point, scale trees accounted for nearly half of the biomass in North America and Europe. An installment of a longer video series introduces these strange plants and describes their features, adaptations, and eventual demise. It also discusses how we use these plants today.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Map the areas of carboniferous trees prior to and after the Permian period for comparison
  • Research the amount of coal used for fuel in your area
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of geologic periods in Earth's history
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  • Highlights vocabulary throughout
  • Offers closed captioning for the hearing impaired
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