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National Geographic Presents One Strange Rock (Available on Netflix)

This series examines the interplay between earth science and biology. It"s an essential for the NGSS course, The Living Earth. But it can work for other courses, too.

TERRAFORMFor nearly 4 billion years, life has sculpted almost every part of Earth. But how exactly did life turn this once barren rock into a paradise?

Shooting locations include Bolivia, Norway, the Maldives, Cambodia, China, Italy, Japan, and the International Space Station. The people involved in the story speak in their native languages. Subtitles appear, but there are no voice-overs. The authenticity is powerful.

The camera work is stunning and includes sweeping vistas, detailed close-ups, and dynamic drone footage.

This set includes 34 questions that students can answer during a single, uninterrupted viewing of the episode.

One Strange Rock is hosted by Will Smith and astronauts Chris Hadfield, Nicole Stott, Jeffrey Hoffman, Mae Jemison, Leland Melvin, Mike Massimino, Jerry Linenger, and Peggy Whitson.

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A heavy font ensures high legibility even in dim lightingQuestions are designed to be answered while the video plays—quick, simple responses keep students engaged without requiring deep reflection that would take them out of the presentationQuestion types are mixed: fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, check lists, and short answer are common; in some cases, matching or sequencing.Certain moments in a documentary merit undivided attention. No questions have been placed in those moments."Play to the buzzer": Whenever possible, the last question in the set is answered during the last seconds of the video.I am a classroom teacher who has designed these resources for use with my students. If you find competing products online, by all means check them out. They may be cheaper; they may be free. None of them will be as professional, polished, or classroom-ready as this one.

Print-friendly Google Docs Update (Summer 2021): These documents were originally created to be printed and photocopied for classroom use. When the pandemic forced instruction to be remote, the documents were quickly recreated in Google Docs format. When instruction migrated into hybrid models, another redesign was called for: print-friendly Google Docs.

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The student Google Docs file/s linked to in this product is/are suitable for use as Google Docs and for printing and photocopying. My priority is to redesign the student documents first. The answer keys will remain as PDFs for the immediate future.