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Becoming Human
Learn the Science
Becoming Human Part 1: FIRST STEPS
We share a common ancestor with apes. Help your students examine the factors that caused us to split from the great apes.
Becoming Human: Part 1 (Video)
Learn about the discovery of "Selam"—also known as "Lucy's Child"—an Australopithecus afarensis who lived 3.3 million years ago. This small, chimp-like creature that walked upright, sheds light on our understanding of how humans came to be. (Chapters 1-2, 15 min.)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/beta/evolution/becoming-human-part-1.html


Riddle of the Bones (Interactive)
Piece together clues about our early ancestors like "Lucy," to find out how they moved, what they looked like, when they lived, and more.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/humans/riddle/index.html


Compare the Skeletons (Interactive)
Examine how the bones of chimps, early human ancestors, and modern people reveal what it takes to walk upright.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/allfours/skeletons.html


Becoming Human: Part 1 (Video)
Understand why scientists think climate change was the major factor driving human evolution. (Chapters 5-6, 15:30 min.)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/beta/evolution/becoming-human-part-1.html


In Search of Human Origins, Part I (Lesson/Viewing Ideas: Before Watching #1)
Organize pictures of animals, including primates and a human, into logical groupings, then describe the relationships between the groupings in order to understand the methods that scientists use to organize animals into "families."
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/viewing/2106_origins1.html

Curriculum Connections
Math (sorting/grouping), evidence, scientific process, animal species, human evolution, human origins

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard C: Life Science: Structure and function of living systems, Reproduction and heredity, Populations and ecosystems, Diversity and adaptations of organisms
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, Nature of science, History of science
Math Standards (Grades 6-8): Algebra, Data Analysis and Probability, Communication, Connections, Representation

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard C: Life Science: Biological evolution, Interdependence of organisms, Matter, energy, and organization in living systems, Behavior of organisms
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, Nature of scientific knowledge, Historical perspectives
Math Standards: Algebra, Data Analysis and Probability, Communication, Connections, Representation



EXTENSION ACTIVITY
Finding Lucy (Multimedia)
Learn about the breakthrough discovery of "Lucy" in 1974, the first indication a bipedal hominid had lived 3 million years ago. Then explore some "big picture" questions. (4:33 min.)
http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.evo.findinglucy/

Curriculum Connections
Bipedalism, brain size and development of human ancestors, human evolution, fossils, human origins

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard C: Life Science: Structure and function of living systems, Reproduction and heredity, Regulation and behavior, Populations and ecosystems, Diversity and adaptations of organisms
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, Nature of science, History of science

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard C: Life Science: Biological evolution; Interdependence of organisms; Matter, energy, and organization in living systems; Behavior of organisms
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, Nature of scientific knowledge, Historical perspectives



   

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