Climbing Islands in the Sky in Search of New Species - Printable or Google

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Dynamic Earth Learning
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"The tepuis in South America often called "islands in the sky" for their sheer cliffs and flat tops towering 10,000 feet above the jungle floor, create isolated environments that make these unique land formations evolutionary islands. There are unique species living on the tops of these mountains that exist nowhere else in the world. Often compared to the Galápagos Islands for being an ancient island chain with a stunning array of biodiversity, the tepuis are actually much older. While the Galápagos are thought to be around five million years old, it is estimated that the tepuis have been rising up for the past 20 to 40 million years, making them the oldest "islands" in the world."

Suggested Teaching Methods:

1. Pair students to watch and answer questions together.

2. Watch the video as a class, then assign questions as a follow-up activity.

3. Assign each student a question(s) to answer and share.

4. Use as a lesson plan for a substitute teacher.

5. Utilize as an extra credit or homework activity for a related topic lesson.

Student Outcomes:

1. Students will understand important scientific research and finding new species.

2. Students will observe how climbing can be used for scientific study.

3. Students will consider how personal adventure can be used to forward science.

This lesson includes a cover page, a link to a YouTube video (14:29 in length), student response questions, an answer key, and an extension activity.


This worksheet comes in multiple formats so you can use it in any teaching situation!

- Digital PDF for electronic sharing or easy printing

- Includes link to Google Slide Hyperdoc with fillable fields for students

- Video link is embedded into the guide for quick access

- Answer key provided

Teaching Time

30 minutes

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