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  • Spanish Materials

    Spanish Materials

    Collection

    A selection of short films, animations, classroom materials, and interactive features that are available in Spanish. Go to the resource pages below to find links to view or download the Spanish...

  • Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Short

    (7 min 18 sec) This animated short film tells the engaging tale of the discovery of the coelacanth.

  • Animated Life: Mary Leakey

    Animated Life: Mary Leakey

    Animated Short

    (7 min 52 sec) This animated short film recounts the life and work of paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey, including her discovery of the Laetoli footprints.

  • Animated Life

    Animated Life

    Collection

    These five short films, produced in conjunction with The New York Times, bring to life five historical scientific discoveries and the people behind them: Alfred Russel Wallace and his contribution to...

  • Living Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction?

    Living Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction?

    Activity

    Students evaluate and discuss statements about the evolutionary relationship between birds and dinosaurs and other facts about these groups, before and after watching the short film Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds. Also available in Spanish.

  • The Origin of Birds Film Guide

    The Origin of Birds Film Guide

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds. Featuring vertebrate paleontologist Dr. Julia Clarke, the film walks us through the evidence that birds are a lineage of theropod dinosaurs. 

  • The Origin of Species

    The Origin of Species

    Collection

    Our planet has millions of species, including thousands of mammals, fish, birds, and reptiles, and even more butterflies, beetles, and other animals, each adapted to one of an enormous variety of...

  • Icefish Film with Quiz

    Icefish Film with Quiz

    Interactive Video

    (13 min 14 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch the short film on the icefish—an example of how genes are reused and recycled.

  • Mesozoic Film with Quiz

    Mesozoic Film with Quiz

    Interactive Video

    (33 min 43 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch the short film on the asteroid that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.

  • Reading Primary Sources: Darwin and Wallace

    Reading Primary Sources: Darwin and Wallace

    Activity

    This activity serves as a supplement to the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students read and analyze excerpts from texts written by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace and answer questions about the information presented, developing their nonfiction reading comprehension.

  • Fact Patterns: A Film Guide

    Fact Patterns: A Film Guide

    Activity

    Students are challenged to identify “fact patterns,” or patterns that emerge from a collection of different facts and observations, and draw conclusions about what they suggest. Also available in Spanish.

  • Discovering the Wallace Line

    Discovering the Wallace Line

    Activity

    This activity supports the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students are presented with a map of the Malay Archipelago and some field notebooks with observations of animals. By plotting which animals are found on which island, the students discover the Wallace Line—a sharp boundary that separates distinct Asian and Australian fauna. 

  • The Making of a Theory—Fact or Fiction

    The Making of a Theory—Fact or Fiction

    Activity

    This activity supports the viewing of the film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Before and after watching the film, students discuss and evaluate several statements about Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace, and the specific evidence that led each of them to the theory of evolution by natural selection.

  • Film Guides: The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory

    Film Guides: The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory, which tells the story of the epic adventures of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace and of the evidence they gathered for the theory of evolution by means of natural selection

  • The Animated Life of A. R. Wallace

    The Animated Life of A. R. Wallace

    Animated Short

    (7 min 45 sec) This animated short video illustrates the life of Alfred Russel Wallace, who independently formulated the theory of evolution by natural selection at the same time as Charles Darwin.

  • The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory

    The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory

    Short Film

    (30 min 51 sec) The epic voyages of Darwin and Wallace led each to independently discover the natural origin of species and to formulate the theory of evolution by natural selection. Also available in Spanish.

  • The Day the Mesozoic Died

    The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Short Film

    (33 min 43 sec) The disappearance of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period posed one of the greatest, long-standing scientific mysteries. This three-act film tells the story of the extraordinary detective work that solved it. Also available in Spanish.

  • Discussion with Students on The Day The Mesozoic Died Short Film

    Discussion with Students on The Day The Mesozoic Died Short Film

    Lecture

    (42 min 27 sec) Students discuss the short film after a screening at the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science.

  • Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future

    Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future

    Lecture

    Has Earth changed over deep time? How did Earth shape life and life shape Earth? What does Earth's climate in the distant past tell us about the future?

  • Testing a Hypothesis

    Testing a Hypothesis

    Activity

    A worksheet designed to actively engage students as they watch the film. Students are asked to answer questions pertaining to the information provided in the film.

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