Teacher's Corner

Teacher's Corner


From the Home Page, there are several ways you can proceed to find video clips of interest:

  1. By clicking on one of the questions scrolling across the top of the screen
  2. By clicking on an icon of a topic of interest, such as “life” or “people”
  3. By clicking on an image of a scientist
  4. By searching a term: search keywords are based on topic, field of study, common words, scientist name, academic discipline (biology, chemistry, etc.), and NSSA standards
  5. You may return to the home page at any time by clicking on the image of the horse's head.

About: This page offers background on the purpose and creation of the FtHM website.

Teacher's Corner: You are here.

Toolbox: This page contains a glossary, which offers definitions of relevant words, and and a toolkit, which offers long descriptions or activities to help develop and explore key concepts in depth. Toolkit items are accompanied by a printable PDF.

Filter View: This page shows all clips currently available on the site and also allows you to filter by categories, such as "biology" and "medium."

DOMAIN(s) (7 elements of global change):

The clips are categorized within the 7 main domains of global change. Some clips may fall into multiple categories. Clips that have more than one domain will be listed in each of those domains.


Air This category covers atmospheric science, including topics such atmospheric carbon.
Water  This category includes water availability, health, and human uses of water. Both fresh water and ocean systems are included.
Carbon  This category includes topics that cover carbon cycles or carbon in a specific form such as methane or carbon dioxide.
People This category includes topics on how global changes impact societies or how societies impact global changes, also science as a human endeavor.
Life  This category includes topics related to biodiversity or ecosystem function.
Land This category includes topics related to geology, geography, or large-scale changes in land use.
Climate This category includes topics related to weather and local or global climates such as shifts in temperature, drivers of climate (ocean currents or wind patterns), or moisture patterns.

Difficulty Rating: Each clip is rated Easy, Medium, or Hard based on the clip's content and concepts.

EASY: these clips have few or no uncommon vocabulary words, and the concepts require only basic prior knowledge of the subject.

MEDIUM: these clips have some vocabulary that may be uncommon in public communication and some concepts may require moderate prior knowledge of the subject.

HARD: these clips have multiple uncommon vocabulary words or words used in an unusual way. Concepts require background information on the subject or field.

Clip Accessories

Each clip from a presentation is accompanied by a suite of extra information and activities. Clips that provide the definition of a term (glossary clips) or clips from scientist interviews may not be accompanied by all accessories.  The accessory materials are divided into the categories below:  


Clip Guide This guide is divided up into four quadrants of learning: "What do we know?", "How do we know?", "Why can this be trusted?", and "So what?". These four quadrants are designed to help offer background information and clarification on concepts and processes of science introduced by the clip. The Guide can be found in the accordion of tabs below the video clip and also in the printable guide--on a button beside the clip. Only one quadrant will appear in the box at a time.  You can access the other quadrants by scrolling forward on the scroll bar or by clicking on "Next" or "Previous."
Active Listening Questions Active Listening Questions are intended to help cue users in to key concepts in the clip. These questions may be read before viewing the clip as a way to focus attention and listen for important points, or the questions may be used after viewing the clip as a way of checking for comprehension. The Active Listening Questions can be found in the accordion of tabs below the video clip.
Taking the Reins This section offers interaction with the clip through questions and activities. Taking the Reins can be found in the accordion of tabs below the video clip. Each activity is accompanied by a printable version, a PDF of the information that can easily be printed. A PDF of a summary of all sections of the accessories can be found by clicking on the "Printable Companion" button to the right of the video clip.
Quiz The Quiz contains True/ False or multiple choice questions intended to help clarify key concepts form the clip or to dismiss common misperceptions associated with the clip’s topic. The Quiz can be found in the accordion of tabs below the video clip and also on a button beside the clip.
Further Reading Further Reading offers links or citations for papers or other materials on the topic of the clip or the scientist featured in the clip. 
Companion Clips Companion Clips offers other clips that fall under the same organizing question as the clip you have just viewed.
Printable Companions:  Printable Companions are PDFs of specific activities or of a summary of all accessories. They can be opened by clicking on the buttons that appear beside the video or by clicking on PDF images associated with a specific section of the accessories.
Eyes Only Eyes Only text boxes or PDFs offer extra information visible to users registered as teachers. They may offer answers to quiz questions or provide ideas for topic discussion.













Also accessible from the video page:

Bio: The Bio offers information on the scientist’s field of study, degree, and current position. A short version of the biography can be found below the image of the scientist featured in the clip. By clicking on "Learn more about this scientist," you will be redirected to the full Bio page.

Glossary/Toolkit : The Glossary offers definitions of uncommon or confusing science terms or terms that are used differently in science than they are in common usage. Words which are included in the Glossary are highlighted in blue. By holding your mouse icon over a highlighted word, you can make a pop-out box appear with the definition. The complete Glossary and Toolkit page can be accessed by clicking on the "Toolbox" tab in the upper right-hand corner of any screen.


In creating the content available on the FtHM website, we took into consideration both AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of Science) Standards and recommendations of the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). Click on the link to see a simplification of the NGSS.  Use the terms marked in italic below (or in bold on the pop-out descriptions) to search for clips that meet the related standards. Where possible, the same search words have been used for both AAAS standards and NGSS recommendations.

Key Search terms: Nature of Science, Math, Weather and Climate, Natural Resources, Probability and Uncertainty, Technology and Science, Diversity of Life, Ecosystems, Interdependence, Constancy and Change, Models, Scale, Science and Values, Graphs, Argumentation and Logic, Estimation, Science and Society, Communication of Ideas, Questioning, Investigation, Data Analysis, Developing Conclusions, Water Cycle, Application, Cause and Effect, Science as a Human Endeavor. Click on the page images below to scroll through a more detailed description of the standards.