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Colorful echinoderms

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Organized by Phyla

Lesson Plans

Annelids

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    Annelids: Powerful and Capable Worms Questions
    A list of questions about the characteristics of annelids to use after viewing the video Annelids: Powerful and Capable Worms.Shape of Life Annelida Worksheet. Students make sketches and write short answers about the amazing world of annelids.A Powerpoint with questions to answer while watching the video Annelids: Powerful and Capable Worms.

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    Plankton - It's a Way of Life
    Students learn about the microscopic world of tiny plankton drifters. They watch videos that simulate looking at live invertebrate larvae under a microscope.

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Marine Arthropods

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    Marine Arthropod Adaptations + Engineering Design
    Students explore the diversity and adaptations of marine arthropods.

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    Marine Arthropods: A Successful Design Questions
    A list of questions about the characteristics of marine arthropods to use after viewing the video Marine Arthropods: A Successful Design.A Powerpoint with questions to answer while wathing the video Marine Arthropods: A Sucessful Design. 

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Terrestrial Arthropods

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    Terrestrial Arthropod Adaptations + Engineering Design
    Students explore the extraordinary adaptions and diversity of terrestrial arthropods through short Shape of Life videos and student-centered activities in the 5E Instructional Model.

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    Let's All Do The Wave
    This lesson consists of a cross disciplinary activity incorporating aspects of wave characteristics from Physics, movement traits from Biology, and evaluating locomotion design from Engineering. Students can be introduced to the idea by showing the video Arthropod Locomotion: Engineering from the shapeoflife.org or other videos of animals that exhibit wave-like characteristics during motion. Class discussion can begin by analyzing the necessity to move efficiently and how moving in a wave-like manner could be beneficial.

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    Terrestrial Arthropods: The Conquerors Questions
    A list of questions about the characteristics of terrestrial arthropods to use after viewing the video Terrestrial Arthropods: The Conquerors.A Powerpoint with questions to answer while watching the video Terrestrial Arthropods: The Conquerors.

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Molluscs

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    Phylum Mollusca: Macroevolution Module
    Through a sequence of “explore-before-explain” laboratory investigations, coupled with segments from the Shape of Life videos, students study molluscs in the present and their long  evolutionary history. The module includes those listed below, which can also stand alone.

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    SNIPS AND SNAILS AND GASTROPOD TAILS
    A brief hands-on investigation of Class Gastropoda (snails and slugs), followed by a critical thinking exercise centered on segments of the Shape of Life. Students first examine the bodies and behavior of live slugs or snails, then use water balloons to model their unique style of locomotion, and finally tackle a series of analytical questions designed to cultivate a grasp of divergent evolution: the branching of a single ancestral form into multiple new forms for diverse new functions, niches, and habitats.

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    Shell Shocked
    In this hands-on activity, students study the beautiful shells not as objects of beauty but as artifacts born of an evolutionary arms race.

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