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Caves and Extremophiles
Subject: Science/Earth Science (Caves & Extremophiles)
Ages: 10+; Elementary - High School;
Length: Film Clip: 16 minutes, 15 seconds; Lesson: 40 minutes, depending upon the extent to which the supplementary materials are discussed with the class.
Excerpts from the Complete Snippet Lesson Plan
Learner Outcomes/Objectives: Students will be introduced to some of the world's most interesting and beautiful caves and to their strange inhabitants, extremophiles and troglobites. Students will be introduced to the different types of extremophiles and the terms scientists use to describe them.
Rationale: Caves are an important geological feature seldom directly experienced by people living in modern cultures. Extremophiles and troglobites are examples of the tremendous adaptability of life.
Description of the Film Clips: This is a portion of the Planet Earth chapter on caves and extremophiles.
USING THE FILM CLIP IN THE CLASSROOM
Prepare for class by deciding which of the supplemental materials and vocabulary to present to the class. Cue the DVD to the beginning of the clip. After playing the clip, present the supplemental materials and review the structure of the words scientists have coined to describe extremophiles.[The complete Snippet Lesson Plan contains supplemental materials about caves and the wierd animals that inhabit them as well as information on how scientists name these creatures.]
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