Why Are Snakes So Creepy?

Humans are predisposed to fear snakes. Through evolution, many animals developed a visceral reaction to snakes as a defense mechanism. An engaging video lesson describes the evidence and how scientists came to this conclusion.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include other videos in this series to show additional examples of animal behaviors and evolutionary traits
  • Following the video, have pupils write down three interesting facts; lead a group discussion to create a combined list from the class
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a basic understanding of animal behaviors and evolution
Pros

  • Incorporates several areas of science within the single lesson
  • An interesting video that maintains viewers' attention
Cons

  • None
Common Core