BBC PBS - Life From Above 1: Moving Planet

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  1. BBC / PBSLife From Above - Episode 1: MOVING PLANETLife From Above - Episode 2: COLORED PLANETLife From Above - Episode 3: PATTERNED PLANETLife From Above - Episode 4: CHANGING PLANETThis series shows the impact of animals, plants, and humans on the environment as seen from space.Use these worksheet
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Life From Above - Episode 1: MOVING PLANET

  • This series shows the impact of animals, plants, and humans on the environment as seen from space.
  • Use this worksheet to keep students focused and engaged throughout the video.
  • Includes 2 versions:
    • Written response AND multiple choice versions, so you can use for any age or differentiate for different students.
    • Questions are the same on both versions.
    • Includes ANSWER KEYS for both versions.

  • 21 Questions spread out throughout the video.
  • Questions are in order, and the answer keys show the exact time (minutes and seconds) when each question is answered.
  • Questions are designed for students to be able to answer quickly so that their focus isn't drawn away from the video for too long.
Total Pages
8 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem. Examples of changes in ecosystem conditions could include modest biological or physical changes, such as moderate hunting or a seasonal flood; and, extreme changes, such as volcanic eruption or sea level rise.
Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment. Examples of human impact on the land could include cutting trees to produce paper and using resources to produce bottles. Examples of solutions could include reusing paper and recycling cans and bottles.
Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems. Examples of data on the impacts of human activities could include the quantities and types of pollutants released, changes to biomass and species diversity, or areal changes in land surface use (such as for urban development, agriculture and livestock, or surface mining). Examples for limiting future impacts could range from local efforts (such as reducing, reusing, and recycling resources) to large-scale geoengineering design solutions (such as altering global temperatures by making large changes to the atmosphere or ocean).
Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. Examples of the design process include examining human environmental impacts, assessing the kinds of solutions that are feasible, and designing and evaluating solutions that could reduce that impact. Examples of human impacts can include water usage (such as the withdrawal of water from streams and aquifers or the construction of dams and levees), land usage (such as urban development, agriculture, or the removal of wetlands), and pollution (such as of the air, water, or land).
Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems. Examples of evidence include grade-appropriate databases on human populations and the rates of consumption of food and natural resources (such as freshwater, mineral, and energy). Examples of impacts can include changes to the appearance, composition, and structure of Earth’s systems as well as the rates at which they change. The consequences of increases in human populations and consumption of natural resources are described by science, but science does not make the decisions for the actions society takes.


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