This anticipation guide, part of a 3 file zipped download, will engage students before, during, and after for one of my FAVORITE videos, Desert Seas. The video compares the biodiversity (it touches on nutrient cycling, too) between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf ecosystems. If you are learning nutrient cycling, ecosystems, biotic/abiotic factors, or symbiosis, this video is one you'll want to check out. The video also suggests that corals in the Gulf would be poised to grow best in warming seas, which could lead to a discussion on human environmental succession.
How the anticipation guide works: Your kiddos read the facts before the movie and decide if they are true or false. Then, during the movie, they record if the fact is indeed true or false. If the fact is false, I asked that they have to make it correct. This can be tough to do as the video progresses, so, it is also something that can be touched on in the class PPT check. A PPT file is included with this purchase so you can review with the kiddos after the video - this enables two key components: 1) (Most important) the kids are exposed to content two times which enhances learning, and 2) they have the ability to check their own work with a marker. The latter can reduce time spent grading, which lets face it adds up.
After the video, the students must complete the analysis questions - a great way to tie writing into the lesson. These are higher order thinking questions that ask the students to use information from the video that they just saw to complete the question. Students are also prompted to utilize evidence in their responses, which holds them more accountable for creating a quality response.
NEW! I've created the PPT class review key, which is available to purchase on it's own here (if you've already purchased the old student handout / teacher key download). See the 1 minute preview video to see this entire PPT. The answers though, well they are blocked away from prying eyes... muuuuahahah.. hey...get back to work kids!
This comes with a key! The video, 44 minutes long, can be accessed on YouTube by searching "Desert Seas (Nat Geo Wild)". Check to see if this video is still available, here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPYxbMvgR30 hosted by Wild Nature TV.
My Brief Synopsis of the Video:
David Attenborough narrates the very different ecosystems of the Red Sea and the Gulf, two oasis' on opposite sides of a desert peninsula of Saudi Arabia. The students learn why the Red Sea is a blossoming coral reef oasis, and the Gulf is a quite sandy ecosystem seemly void of the biodiversity found in the Red Sea. That myth is debunked as students learn the two ecosystems are teeming with life, but driven by two different energy sources: in Red Sea - the sun, and in the Gulf - desert sand storms. The video goes over how plate tectonic movements created the Red Sea, as well as many symbiotic relationships between the life of the two oceanic ecosystems separated by the sandy deserts. So many ways to tie this into your lessons.
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