Fantasia (1940)

Concept featured in clip:Evolution
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DVD: Chapter 11

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Summary of clip: Set to Stravinsky's, "Rite of Spring," This clip depicts scenes of early underwater life. The single celled oranisms reproduce, move, and eat. As time passes, more complex organisms and animals are present. Eventually, one of the animals moves onto land.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: The scene shows that life began in water as single celled organisms and changed and became more complex and diverse over time. This could be an engaging way to begin a unit on evolution.
Suggestions to teachers:

Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. What organisms did you recognize in this clip?

b. According to the clip, what conditions did early life evolve in?

c. What do you think was accurately represented in this clip? What do you think could have been done to make it more scientifically accurate?

d. What do you think the black cloud represents?

2. As technology has become more sophisticated and as more fossils are collected, scientists have been able to piece together a more complete picture of evolution. Have students explore how our theories of the origin and evolution of life have changed over the years as new information became available. What technologies have been used to create a clearer picture of the history of life?

3. This clip shows a fish coming out of water. Presumably, land animals, including amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals evolved from this common ancestor. Have students explore how marine mammals, such as whales and sea lions, and birds such as penguins became adapted to marine habitats. Did these species evolve from a land ancestor, or did these mammals and birds evolve on their own from a water based ancestor? What evidence exists? What does that evidence suggest?

4. Have students create a book, "mural," or other visual representation of evolution of animals from the origins of life until the first land animals emerged, or even through the evolution of humans. The project should illustrate the emergence of the animal phyla and the evolutionary connections between animals.