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Becoming Human
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BECOMING HUMAN PART 2: BIRTH OF HUMANITY
At some point in the distant past, hominids began to develop unique skills and characteristics. Help students learn how our early human ancestors evolved from more ape-like hominid species, and how they learned crucial new skills for survival.
Becoming Human: Part 2 (Video)
Meet "Turkana Boy," the fossil discovery that shed light on Homo erectus—toolmaker, hunter, caretaker, society member—and the most successful human ancestor of all time. (Chapters 1-3, 28:40 min.)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/beta/evolution/becoming-human-part-2.html


Compare the Brains (Interactive)
Examine the brain of Homo floresiensis, the "Hobbit." Who was she? What was she? Was she a tiny descendant of Homo erectus? A modern human dwarfed by disease or genetic defect? Or a new species entirely, as its discoverers proposed, giving it the name Homo floresiensis?
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/hobbit/brains.html


Ask the Expert (Interview)
Read what Dr. Bert Roberts, a geochronologist and expert on dating historical evidence, has to say about Homo floresiensis, the little people of Flores.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/3209/01-ask.html


A Tree Full of Ancestors Lesson/Interactive
Use an interactive time line to piece together the past and study three possible hominid family trees.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/educators/lessons/lesson5/act2.html

Curriculum Connections
Evolution, phylogeny, hominids, hominid family tree, fossil evidence, artifacts, species, 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



EXTENSION ACTIVITY
In Search of Human Origins, Part I (Lesson)
Plot locations of important African finds in the search for early human remains.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/activities/2106_origins1.html

Curriculum Connections
Archaeology, Africa, fossils, evolution, evidence, predictions, mapping

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard C: Life Science: 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, 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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