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Explore human lineage through time: Understanding Standing Up Becoming Human is an interactive documentary experience that tells the story of our origins. Journey through four million years of human evolution with your guide, Donald Johanson. For this experience you will need to: Download Macromedia Flash Player Have a high-speed connection Anthropologists and evolutionary biologists agree that upright posture and the subsequent ability to walk on two legs was a crucial major adaptation associated with the divergence of the human lineage from a common ancestor with the African apes.
Efficient upright walking required numerous changes in the anatomy of the limbs and pelvis and we are the result of the variations and selection pressures that forged this new ability. The ability to walk on two legs was later followed by other human evolutionary trends that lead to tool manufacture and the enlargement of the brain.
Main Concepts Human evolution is marked by a mosaic pattern. This means that different parts of the body, and different adaptations, evolved at different times and different rates. The anatomical changes associated with bipedalism emerged as among the earliest innovations of the human lineage.
Assessible Objectives identify key anatomical similarities and differences between the great apes and humans. As part of your evolution unit in which comparisons between chimpanzee and human characteristics leads to an analysis of essential differences in locomotor pattern and cranial capacity.
As part of your unit on human anatomy and physiology where the focus of the lessons would be the skeletal and muscular systems and how they are adapted for bipedal locomotion.
As part of a unit on animal behavior which looks at migration and culminates with an examination of human dispersal around the planet from a region of origin in Africa. Students may work independently, but will benefit most from the dialogue among partners when working in groups of two or three.
Preparation For each pair of students Photocopy the image pages of chimpanzee, human and australopithecine to overhead transparency film. Cut the written clues for Part 1 and also place in this envelope, or you may want to read the clues at random to your students and have them place the anatomy pieces based on your reading.
Place 2 large paper clips in this envelope. Cut the six images for the australopithecine and place in an envelope labeled "Part 3. Place one large paperclip in this envelope. Print out the Primate Reconstruction Page on plain or colored paper in "landscape" mode.
Photocopy the "Reconstructions" page, but do not staple it to the set of other student materials. Photocopy and staple the 6 page Student Activity Packet.
Have paper towels and a water source handy for Part 2 which involves creating a hominid trackway. Provide a water-based overhead marking pen. Set up a small tray or box from which students may take additional paperclips if necessary. Directions You might want to open up the discussion by asking students about their favorite animal or an animal that they find interesting.
Inevitably, primates such as chimpanzees come to mind and you can probe students. More often than not, students will say that they seem so humanlike.
Follow that conversation briefly with a discussion about so-called "missing links" and what is properly meant by this phrase. Realistically, NOT any direct ancestor species, but rather a collection of closely related species, "cousins", with intermediate traits, which lived and went extinct during the evolutionary history of a group.
Have students briefly comment on what kinds of physical features would be considered intermediate. You might also briefly explore what students know about the current status of fossil discoveries documenting the evolution of hominids.Kids are aware of many parts of the body—organs, bones, blood, etc.
Through this online interactive activity, kids learn about the concept of separate body parts working together to build a body system.
A system is a collection of things and processes (and often people) that interact to perform some function. Help your kids explore the inside of the human body with this activity.
Human Body. This resource, aimed at primary learners, contains three lessons on skeleton and muscles, digestion and circulation. An interactive simulation, 'Inside the Human Body', explores each of the systems demonstrating their structure and function.
It also provides interactive games which support the activities.
The skeleton-muscular system. No Bones About It interactive. Structure and Function. Human Skeleton. The Skeleton and Respiration soccer game.
Interactive Skeleton. X-Rays are Great!
interactive. Whack a Bone. Build a Skeleton game. Dem Bones. Walk on all fours.
See Also: Human Body Games. The Human Body (flash) Science Games. This lesson plan features the simulation Build-a-Body: Excretory System developed by our partner, Spongelab Interactive. This playful interactive challenges students to assemble a human excretory system by dragging and dropping associated organs into to the correct place.
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