Ice Age

Ice Age (2002)

Concept featured in clip: Earth’s Past Climate’s- Earth’s Evolution, Biomes

Location of clip: DVD: the first and last 5 minutes


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Summary of clip: These clips show the environment of Earth 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. The movie begins with ancestral animals migrating south in herds and showing the adaptations (skin covering and size) the animals have in order to survive in this icy environment. The movie ends with the woolly mammoth, the sloth and the sabor tooth tiger migrating south and talking about global warming and then shows the tropical environment of today 20,000 years later.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip is a visual way for students to observe how the climate of the past has changed drastically but over thousands and millions of years ago throughout Earth's evolution. It can be connected to the formation of continents from Pangea and how the climate and landscape of the Earth was affected by these changes. Students will be compare how Earth evolved and how the climate changed over Earth's history.

Suggestions to teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. How has the landscape of Earth changed throughout the major climate changes?

b. What is global warming? What causes it? What effects has global warming had on Earth's history? What threats does it pose with the increased temperatures affecting global warming today?

c. How does the arrangement of the continents throughout Earth's evolution been determined by the climate and affected the environment?

d. How did the ancestral animals survive in such conditions? What adaptations did they develop in order to live during the Ice Age?

2. After viewing the clips, you could have the students research past Ice Ages and how they ended and the animals that were dominant of that time and how they became extinct.

3. As an understanding of how climate affects the plants and animals that can survive, an assessment after the climate unit could be giving each of the students a different type of environment with different climates. Have the students illustrate a created animal that would be able to survive in the specified climate, drawing specific adaptations that the animal would have and including an explanation of the creature's features.