These brief video segments can be used alone or in combination, to introduce a topic or to spark discussion among your students. The video segments can be adapted for any grade level. Stream the video segments from the players below, or scroll to the bottom of the page to find downloadable QuickTime versions of the videos. These videos are also used in the lesson plan Modern Family (Grades 9-12).
The Human Spark: Becoming Us, selected segments
A Day in the Life of a Neanderthal
A look at some of the similarities and differences between the Neanderthal way of life and that of modern humans.
What’s the Difference?
A discussion of how certain specific aspects of Neanderthals’ diet and development set them apart from modern humans.
A Social Network
An exploration of the relationship between social and technological change, specifically in Neanderthal and modern human populations.
Downloadable QuickTime versions of the video segments:
(Note: To download a video, right click on the video title and click “Save Link As…’ or “Save Target As…”. On a Mac, press the CTRL key and simultaneously click the mouse, then save the link.)