This PDF contains our informal 'How Cells Become Specialized' script that corresponds to our free Amoeba Sisters 'How Cells Become Specialized' video available on YouTube, and it serves as a tool for students to annotate on in order to connect to the material. The video script for students has been slightly “cleaned up” from the already offered YouTube captions to remove “filler words” that sometimes occur with speaking, and it has an annotation key asking students to (1) highlight parts of the transcript that they already knew (which can be built upon), (2) highlight information that is new to them, (3) write in questions, and (4) underline vocabulary. In addition, the template encourages students to sketch concepts that are memorable or relevant to them. This is a powerful way for students to organize concepts from our video. Please note: you will want to make sure you have an ability to access YouTube to play the video and highlighters/colored pencils for students to use. This video introduces the concept of stem cells and their ability to differentiate and specialize into other cells.
Helpful Suggestions: We suggest having students watch the short Amoeba Sisters video once before using this template (not viewing and doing annotations simultaneously). You may want to suggest a minimum number of questions total for students to come up with on this template. There is learning in questioning! These questions can be explored later in class OR they can be useful as having students research as exit activities.