Video Worksheets

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These are videos that I show in class, either in their entirety of just clips.  The worksheets simply ask questions that can be answered as the movie progress, which helps keep students focused.  Videos can be purchased, watched online, or checked out from your local library.     With the addition of many online streaming videos, look for the “view online” tag for videos that are free for viewing.

AIDS: Evolution of an Epidemic – can be ordered for free from HHMI

Among the Wild Chimpanzees - the story of Jane Goodall’s work with the chimpanzees at Gombe
Animals Behaving Badly – an interesting movie about wild animals that do bad things
Animal Face-Off  Hippo -  hippo vs. shark
Anatomy of a Snakebite – shows how snakes bite, both venomous and constricting snakes

Bill Nye, Genetics – a history lesson on the major discoveries in genetics, including Mendel, Thomas Morgan, Watson and Crick, and the Human Genome Project.

Crazy Croakers - all about frogs

Frogs:  The Thin Green Line – focuses on reasons for the decline in frog populations and measures being taken to save the frogs

Dirty Jobs – Jobs that Bite - investigates jobs related to sharks, includes a fantastic dissection of a shark


Dogs Decoded – explores the evolutionary history of dogs, their behavior and the process of domestication, view online

dvd disneyDisney – The Science of Imagineering:

Levers and Pulleys
Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion
Electricity
Energy

 

In the Womb – this shows various animals as they develop in the uterus

Inside Nature’s Giants: Giant Squid - detailed descriptions of the squid anatomy as it is dissected combined it with footage of live squid showing their unique adaptations

From Conception to Birth – shows the joining of sperm and egg and tracks the development of a fetus and shows birth of baby, focus in this video is on the changes to the mother’s body
Life’s Greatest Miracle  - This video focuses more on the changes of the embryo as it transforms from a single cell, to a blastocyst to an embryo.  Tissues, genetics, and meiosis are also illustrated. Viewer discretion advised.  View at Nova Online.


Jaws of the Pacific – shark movie
Jeff Corwin, OrangutansJeff Corwin, Wild Man of Borneo

Judgment Day:  Intelligent Design on Trial – also has an online version, outlines the case in Dover where a school board tried to put ID in the classroom, view online

Living With Tigers – chronicles two tiger cubs as they are reintroduced into the wild

Modern Marvels:  90′s Tech – this movie is online and discusses some of the trends of the 90s (cell phones, the internet, satellites..)

Mythbusters:  Lunar Landing – debunking various conspiracy theories surrounding the landing on the moon
Mythbusters: Knock Your Socks Off –  the test a bullet being fired versus a bullet being dropped to show that both fall at the same rates, excellent for discussing Newton’s Laws.

Parasites, Eating Us Alive – very graphic movie about worms and protozoans that infect humans

RAT – shows rats in an urban environment, how they live and survive

Rat Attack – shows a plague of rats that occurs at predictable times, good for showing the scientific method and how researchers determined the cause (and timing) of the rat plagues, view online at PBS nature

Radioactive Wolves – Nature program that follows animal populations (mainly wolves) in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl.  The forests and animal populations are thriving there, view online at Nature.com

The Unknown World - shows microscopic images of things that live all around us

The Science of Babies (National Geographic) – focuses on the development of the brain in the 1st year of life

The Science of Imagineering- Energy -  Describes kinetic and potential energy by explaining how rides at Disneyland work; inc

Tsunami: The Wave that Shook the World - follow the tsunami from its birth at the seafloor to its devastating collision with coasts around the Indian Ocean. (NOVA)


The Universe:  Secrets of the Sun | The End of the Earth
Wolves at Our Door – shows wolves being raised and introduced into the wild
Wolves, The Return of  a Legend – shows how wolves were nearly hunted to extinction and current recovery
Wonders Down Under – shows mostly marsupials and other Australian animals

EYEWITNESS SERIES – these are half hour long videos, many focus on what we study in biology 1 and 2.   They offer stunning visuals and a fast pace that can appeal to even the most jaded student.

SkeletonApes | BirdDog | Jungle | Ocean | Plants | Reptiles | Life | Insects | Butterflies | Fish

Fiction (with biological themes)

GATTACA – explores a future where babies are engineered and to have genetic flaws means you are a second-class citizen

Outbreak – to save a town, doctors must find a virus and a cure before it is too late.

TV Shows

Dog Whisperer – Cesar Milan helps dogs with behavior problems (biology topics:  animal behavior, ecology, environmental issues, overpopulation)

Mythbusters – storymap, students describe experiments used to debunk a myth (works with any episode)

Bones - (biology topics:  scientific method, blood type, anatomy, DNA);

Season 1, E 14:  The Man on the Fairway |  Season 4, E 3: The Secret in the Soil
Season 6, E 17:  The Feet on the Beach