NOVA: Making North America: Origins, Life, Human Video Questions

NOVA: Making North America: Origins, Life, Human Video Questions
NOVA: Making North America: Origins, Life, Human Video Questions
NOVA: Making North America: Origins, Life, Human Video Questions
NOVA: Making North America: Origins, Life, Human Video Questions
NOVA: Making North America: Origins, Life, Human Video Questions
NOVA: Making North America: Origins, Life, Human Video Questions
NOVA: Making North America: Origins, Life, Human Video Questions
NOVA: Making North America: Origins, Life, Human Video Questions
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How did North America form? What is the history of its life and human civilization? This 3-part series from NOVA provides current answers to these questions.

This single download contains my three separate video worksheets for this NOVA series at a discounted price. Descriptions of each worksheet and episode are below:


NOVA: Making North America: Origins

How did North America form? To answer this question, Kirk Johnson, the Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, takes the viewer on an odyssey of time and space, from earth’s origin to the episodes of geologic history that pieced together the North American landmass. In this high interest video, the first episode of a three-part series, major events in earth history are discussed in a relevant and dramatic manner. Dr. Johnson conveys a sense of wonder and provides an enthusiastic introduction to mind expanding vistas of deep time and dramatic episodes in the story of North America.

At the Grand Canyon, layers of rock reveal past marine and desert climates that were once present in today’s southwestern United States. The Hawaiian Islands reveal a scene like that of the early earth with flowing lava forming new land. In a mine located a half-mile beneath the earth, palladium is mined from 3-billion-year-old rocks. Outcrops of basaltic lava in Minnesota point to a time when Laurentia, the proto-North America, nearly rifted apart. Later, the Manhattan schist in Central Park serves as evidence of an ancient continental collision. The formation of megacontinent Pangaea is demonstrated by the dramatic sandstone cliffs of Zion Park in Utah. Episodes in the orogenic uplift that formed today’s Rocky Mountains are evidenced by nearly vertical, dramatic fingers of red sandstone jutting forth from a Colorado golf course. Along the coast of Alaska, Dr. Johnson and a team of fossil hunters unearth fossils of tropical palm trees, evidence of the accretion process whereby fragments of land adhered to the western edge of North America. Near San Francisco, the San Andrea Fault emerges as a linear slice of earth forming Tomales Bay, and suggests a future where San Francisco and Los Angeles will become suburbs of each other due to the relentless, steady grinding of earth’s plates.

The PDF contains a two-sided video worksheet consisting of 43 multiple choice and true-or-false questions, and a sorting question whereby the students place the events in the formation of North America in order from the beginning to the present. The PDF also includes an answer key. MS Word files are also included in the download. You will need to obtain a DVD of the video, use the PBS Internet site, or YouTube.


NOVA: Making North America: Life

What was the history of life in North America? To answer this question, Kirk Johnson, the Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, takes the viewer on an odyssey of time and space, from the original bacterial species that generated Earth’s oxygen atmosphere, through dinosaurs and their extinction, the emergence of mammals, and to the entrance of humans into North America. In this high interest video, the second episode of a three-part series, major events in the history of life on earth, and their relation to the North American continent, are discussed in a relevant and dramatic manner. Dr. Johnson conveys a sense of wonder and provides an enthusiastic introduction to mind expanding vistas of deep time and dramatic episodes in the story of earth’s life.

Dr. Johnson begins the discussion at a site in Utah, the Kaiparowitz Plateau rich in dinosaur discoveries such as Lythronax, the “King of Gore”. In the Bahamas, living examples of earth’s earliest fossil life, the algal, coral-like structures named stromatolites, can be found. These ancestral forms are likely responsible for pumping out earth’s oxygen atmosphere as a waste product of photosynthesis, the same process found in all green plants today. The evolution of complex life, from invertebrates, through fishes, reptiles, and dinosaurs is highlighted with visits to sites such as Monument Rock in Kansas, where the fossil of a fourteen-foot carnivorous fish, Xiphactinus, was found by local fossil hunters, to a plateau in Colorado, now nearly one mile in elevation, where the fossils of ocean invertebrates, the spiral-shaped ammonites, can be found today as basins known locally as “bird baths”. At a site in North Dakota, Dr. Johnson unearths a rock layer containing glass beads and “shocked quartz”, evidence that an asteroid the size of Mt. Everest struck the earth 66 million years ago unleashing the energy equivalent of one billion atomic bombs, and likely causing the extinction of the dinosaurs. The death and destruction of the dinosaurs provided an opportunity for the early mammals to take their places and later dominate the earth. 48 million years ago, North America was covered with tropical forests rich in primate species, but a change in climate led to cooling and the disappearance of North American primates until, just 14,000 years ago, a certain two-legged primate entered North America, the ancestors of today’s Native Americans.

The PDF contains a two-sided video worksheet consisting of 40 multiple choice and true-or-false questions, and a sorting question whereby the students place the events in the history of North American life in order from the beginning to the present. The PDF also includes an answer key. MS Word files are also included in the download. You will need to obtain a DVD of the video, use the PBS Internet site, or YouTube.


NOVA: Making North America: Human

What is the history of humans in North America? To answer this question, Kirk Johnson, the Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, takes the viewer on an odyssey of time and space, from the entrance of humans into North America to today’s fossil fuel dependent civilization. In this high interest video, the third episode of a three-part series, major events in the human settlement of the North American continent are discussed in a relevant and dramatic manner. Dr. Johnson conveys a sense of wonder and provides an enthusiastic introduction to mind expanding vistas of deep time and dramatic episodes in the story of humans in North America.

Dr. Johnson begins the discussion on an Alaskan glacier, and describes the perils of ice age North America. A thousand-mile wide land bridge once existed between Asia and North America allowing access for early humans. These explorers likely used boats to journey along the coast, eventually exploiting the animal and mineral riches of the virgin continent. The discovery of 13,000-year-old Arlington Man on an island off the coast of Southern California seems to confirm the hypothesis of coastal exploration. An extraordinary sample of North America’s large mammal population, or megafauna, has been unearthed at the iconic La Brea Tar Pits located within the great city of Los Angeles. Trapped in sticky asphalt were found amazing animals such as saber-toothed tigers and mastodons. Soon after humans entered North America, much of the original megafauna disappeared, likely due to hunting by early people armed with deadly Clovis spear points, whose lethal cutting ability is demonstrated by Dr. Johnson using a block of ballistics gel. Eventually, early Native Americans developed agriculture and established permanent settlements such as the “architectural marvel” of Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde, Colorado, the immense Cahokia Mound near St. Louis, Missouri, and the stone cities of the ancient Maya in Yucatan, Mexico. The European exploitation of North America began with the conquest of the Aztec empire, whose capital, Tenochtitlan, once supported hundreds of thousands of inhabitants, the export of the first “cash crop”, tobacco, and eventually the westward expansion and the discovery of the fertile soils of the Great Plains. Soils are the result of the decay of rocks and organic matter, and require much time to develop. The original soils of the eastern coast became depleted by agriculture, leading George Washington to predict in a letter to Alexander Hamilton that the population would be compelled to move westward in search of pristine soil. Another impetus for westward expansion was the discovery of gold in California, leading to the adrenalized Gold Rush of 1849. Gold was first found in streams, but eventually prospectors began mining and searching for characteristic gold-bearing quartz veins, the products of past earthquakes that created cracks serving as conduits for hot, mineral-laden fluids from earth’s mantle. At the San Francisco Mint, Dr. Johnson examines an amazing, recently discovered five-pound nugget of gold. The invention of the steam locomotive led to the next expansion, the Transcontinental Railroad connecting both east and west coasts. In this immense effort, Chinese laborers used hand tools and explosives to dig tunnels through the granite Sierra Nevadas. The next great resource, oil, is documented by the history of Los Angeles, where oil is pumped from the ground even today. The incredible ice-age fauna preserved at the La Brea Tar Pits is another example of the significance of the discovery of oil in Los Angeles. The asphaltic "tar" of La Brea is a bi-product of the region's petroleum. Despite all of humanity’s achievements in North America, looming threats exist in the form of fossil fuel driven climate change, and the possibility of earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest. Layers of sediment, and “ghost forests”, tell of cyclical earthquakes and tsunamis. Today, millions of people live in danger along the Oregon and Northern California coastlines due to activity along the Cascadia subduction zone. A stress-relieving earthquake is overdue, and each passing year increases the odds that a disastrous temblor will occur, potentially endangering the inhabitants of Seattle and other large cites in the region. Despite all of this, North America will endure long into the future, and is predicted to merge again with Europe sometime in the next 175 million years to form the next supercontinent, dubbed Pangaea Ultima.

The PDF contains a two-sided video worksheet consisting of 40 multiple choice and true-or-false questions, and a sorting question whereby the students place the events in the history of North American settlement in order from the beginning to the present. The PDF also includes an answer key. MS Word files are also included in the download. You will need to obtain a DVD of the video, use the PBS Internet site, or YouTube.

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