TedEd Human Evolution Youtube Video Guide


This TedEd Human Evolution Youtube Video Guide challenges student to explore the fascinating journey of human evolution, from the genetic adaptations that have allowed Tibetans to thrive at high altitudes to the development of lactose tolerance among various populations around the globe. Analyze the roles of natural selection, genetic drift, and epigenetic modifications in shaping our genetic makeup. Reflect on how these ongoing changes continue to affect our survival and adaptation in an ever-evolving world. Conduct further research and learn how modern medicine and biotechnological innovations like CRISPR-Cas9, stem cell therapies, and synthetic biology may influence the future of human evolution.

Note: This YouTube Guide is meant to accompany the viewing of this Free YouTube video here titled “Is human evolution speeding up or slowing down?” by Laurence Hurst.

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Tips for using this TedEd Human Evolution Youtube Video Guide in your classroom:

    • Print one, double-sided TedEd Human Evolution Youtube Video Guide for each student
    • Preview the next question on the YouTube guide as you complete each one, this can help students pay attention to important upcoming events.
    • Pause at the times designated on the YouTube guide, encourage students to debate, discuss and talk about their ideas before writing their answers.
    • Discourage students from simply copying answers.
    • Randomly choose a student to share their answer and defend it if necessary.
    • If time allows, feel free to rewind and show important parts of the clip again for additional analysis.
    • On average, this YouTube guide will require about 15~20 minutes per episode

This .zip file includes:

    • An Answer Key w/ CCSS Alignment (PDF – 2 Pages)
    • A Student Movie Guide (PDF – 2 Pages)
    • A PDF with link to a Google Slides version (8 Slides)
    • Admin Movie Request, CCSS alignment, Permission Slip (2 Pages)

Google Classroom | Google Slide | Tips:

    • Click on the link included in the PDF titled “Google Slides Version” and save a copy of the file to your Google Drive/Classroom
    • Create an assignment for your students
    • If you are using this resource for multiple classes and want to separate responses by class, create multiple copies of the Google Slides version with file names such as [Title]ClassPeriod[2] and then create assignments

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Get a feel for these movie guides and see if this resource is right for you. I ask questions that require students to ‘live’ on the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.

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Human Evolution | Genetic Adaptations | Tibetans | High Altitude Survival | Lactose Tolerance | Natural Selection | Genetic Drift | Modern Medicine | Biotechnology | CRISPR-Cas9 | Stem Cell Therapies | Synthetic Biology | Epigenetic Modifications | Evolutionary Biology | Science Education | Classroom Discussion | Critical Thinking | Research Skills | Gene Editing | Regenerative Medicine | Educational Resources | Evolutionary Pressure | Genetic Variability

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