1. What Makes Us Human?

1.1 - What are the key characteristics of being human?

1. Create a list of five unique characteristics of a human

2. Rank them in order of importance.

What makes humans different?

Watch the video & answer the questions on the right. Be ready to discuss your answers in class!

  1. What was it that made our ancestors so creative?

  2. Why is language such an important human invention?

  3. Explain in your own words what "Collective Memory" is:

1.2 - Are Humans the Only Animals Who are Intelligent?

Cockatoos

What are the cockatoos doing? How do their actions show their intelligence?

Crows

What are the crows doing? How do their actions show their intelligence?

Ravens

How do the ravens solve the puzzle? How do their actions show their intelligence?

Chimpanzee

What is the chimpanzee doing? How do its actions show his intelligence?

Orangutan

What is the orangutan doing? How do his actions show his intelligence?

Elephants

What are the elephants doing? How do their actions show their intelligence?

  1. How do animals show their intelligence? Explain.

  2. Do you think humans are the smartest animal? Why or why not?

Which Animal is the smartest?

Watch the video & answer the questions on the left. Be ready to discuss your answers in class!

1.3 - What questions do we have about being human?

Teacher resource - What makes us human - T7.2_tcm143-467648

What else would it be interesting to know about being human?

1. Think of as many questions as you can about what makes humans unique.

2. Group similar questions with other similar questions - see the document on the left for examples.

Unit 1 Project: The human exhibition

Outcome: what will you make?

Your project Outcome must be standalone - you will not describe or deliver it during the event.

You can choose to make:

  • a short electronic presentation (with or without a voiceover)

  • a single presentation slide

  • a paper-based or electronic poster

  • a short video.