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Becoming Human
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BECOMING HUMAN PART 3: LAST HUMAN STANDING
Scientists think there were different kinds of humans living together as little as 50,000 years ago. Help your students consider why today, Homo sapiens are the sole surviving species.
Becoming Human: Part 3 (Video)
Explore how Homo sapiens spread through the world and pushed out other ancient human life, like Homo neanderthalensis, or Neanderthals. (Chapter 5, 9:40 min.)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/beta/evolution/becoming-human-part-3.html


Homo sapiens versus Neanderthals (Multimedia)
Learn some possible reasons as to why Homo sapiens evolved to outlive Neanderthals. (4:54 min.)
http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/hew06.sci.life.reg.earlyhumans/


Cast of Characters (Interactive)
Rotate and compare the casts of two skulls—those of a Neanderthal and a Cro Magnon—to see what types of anatomical differences scientists look for in order to compare and identify early human ancestors.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/neanderthals/skulls.html


In Search of Human Origins, Part II (Lesson)
Are we still evolving? Look for trends in height data of North American boys from 1880 and 1960.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/activities/2107_origins2.html

Curriculum Connections
Homo sapiens/modern humans, math (data collection and graphing), human evolution

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
Neanderthals on Trial (Lesson)
Interpret a Neanderthal artifact found at a cave site in Slovenia and consider the questions: What is this artifact? What, if anything, was it used for? Were Neanderthals more sophisticated than previously thought?
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/activities/2902_neandert.html

Curriculum Connections
Evolution, Neanderthals, artifacts, scientific theory, 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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