Orange jellyfish swimming



Associated Shape of Life Content

Annelid Adaptions + Art

This lesson begins with students engaging in the practice of science -- observing the phenomena, describing their observations, and making sense of what they see. They observe annelid behaviors using a Shape of Life video with the audio turned off. They try to figure out what the phenomenon (the behavior) is, how it might help the organism survive, and how it might impact the environment. Working with a partner, they make hypotheses about what they are observing and organisms' adaptions that allow it to perform the behavior.

Annelids: Powerful and Capable Worms Questions

There are three separate lessons here based on questions.

  • A list of questions about the characteristics of annelids to use after viewing the video Annelids: Powerful and Capable Worms.
  • A Shape of Life: Annelids worksheet. Students make sketches and write short answers to questions about the amazing world of annelids. This was created by Rachel Miller from Science From Scratch.
  • A Powerpoint with question to use while watching the video Annelids: Powerful and Capable Worms.

Our Oceans: The Frontier for Curious Minds

By Nancy Burnett, Founder, Shape of Life

I just went to a wonderful workshop about plankton. We may as well fess up to the fact that there’s a whole world out there in the ocean that we haven't told you about, yet. Most marine animals that we know and love started out in life looking very different from what they look like as adults.

At the beginning of life, they hatch out of eggs that float in the water or are attached to the bottom of the ocean. The tiny larvae feed, grow and change form in the ocean as part of the zooplankton. These fragile, otherworldly creatures swim or drift in the currents for months at a time before settling to the bottom to change into adults.