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Amaze Your Students with the Evolution of Animal Life on Planet Earth. Shape of Life offer a full suite of classroom media that includes beautifully produced short videos (originally produced in collaboration with PBS and National Geographic), lesson plans, illustrations and common core readings. Shape of Life is NGSS compliant.

As a philanthropic endeavor, Shape of Life is offered to science teachers at no fee. It will always be free to teachers and students.

You and your students will discover the dramatic rise of the animal kingdom and: Stunning animations that explain the intricate inner workings of animals; Up-close films of animal behaviors while hunting and feeding; Scientists pursuing their passion for the animals they study; Phylum presented in exquisite detail and evolutionary development; Other topics include new developments in genetics, paleontology, and engineering. Videos align with NGSS for grades 5-9 & California 7th grade standards. Led by Nancy Burnett, founder of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, in a mission to spark and sustain passion in science. Nancy believes that by understanding nature we strengthen our connection and sense of protection.

Every month we feature interesting science teachers and their classroom, creatures and scientists.

Shape of Life has an active community at: https://www.facebook.com/theshapeoflife/

Please join Shape of Life at www.shapeoflife.org

Amaze Your Students with the Evolution of Animal Life on Planet Earth. Shape of Life’s videos engage students in the dramatic rise of the animal kingdom and include: Stunning animations that explain the intricate inner workings of animals; Up-close films of animal behaviors while hunting and feeding; Scientists pursuing their passion for the animals they study; Phylum presented in exquisite detail and evolutionary development; Other topics include new developments in genetics, paleontology, and engineering. Videos align with NGSS for grades 5-9 & California 7th grade standards. Led by Nancy Burnett, founder of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, in a philanthropic mission to spark and sustain passion in science. Nancy believes that by understanding nature we strengthen our connection and sense of protection. The original Shape of Life series was developed in collaboration with National Geographic and PBS.

Please join Shape of Life at www.shapeoflife.org

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Animal Eve: Were Sponges the First Animal?
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
In this lesson students make a guess as to what was the first animal. Through questioning, evidence gathering, discussion, and observing video from...
World’s Most Awesome Invertebrate
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Students will appreciate the biodiversity of invertebrates and their special adaptations. They will also consider the differences and similarities...
A Paleontologist Searches for Bilateral Ancestors
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Students will watch the http://shapeoflife.org scientist video about Whitey Hagedorn and the first 5 minutes of the phylum video about flatworms,...
Nature's Innovations: Animals as Engineers
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
In this lesson, we will investigate how, through the process of evolution, animals have solved their engineering problems and how people have...
The Mussel: A Not So Typical Mollusc
Students study the elaborately whorled, sculpted, and ornamented shells of gastropods not as objects of beauty, but as artifacts born of an...
Cnidarian Adaptations: Exploring the Roots of Animal Adaptations
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
In this lesson plan students explore the origins of muscles, nerves, and other animal adaptations through a study of the fascinating phylum Cnidaria...
Phenomena-Driven Inquiry
  • Multiple Subjects
  • 3-5, MS
In this lesson, students engage in the practice of science. They observe behaviors using Shape of Life videos with the audio and closed captioning...
Science in Action!
Shape of Life 
Updated: 
2020
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  • Multiple Subjects
  • Middle School
​Now students can get the 'real scoop' on what it's like to be a scientist. Our new Science in Action Lesson Plan features NGSS aligned concepts in...
Our Chordate Family Tree
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Students explore the evolution of the phylum Chordata by constructing a "family tree" -- a diagram of evolutionary traits and animals.First, they use...