The Most Extreme Life Forms on Earth… and Beyond?

Earth's strangest creatures may be the key to finding life on other planets! Introduce biology scholars to the extreme world of extremophiles with a video from a large science playlist. From the depths of the ocean to the heart of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the narrator shows the amazing archaebacteria that call these places home.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Extremely interested in extremophiles? Assign a colorful astrobiology interactive after the video
  • Ask pupils to pick an archaebacteria and create a profile of its appearance, habitat, and unusual features
Classroom Considerations
  • Make sure learners understand the difference between eukaryotes and prokaryotes before tackling the topic of archaebacteria
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Pros
  • Full of fascinating facts, the video is sure to engage young minds
  • The narrator is upbeat and provides clear explanations
Cons
  • None
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