Is your child in school? Are they looking for more information on scientific theories, methods and stories about planet Earth? If so, they, and you, might find MinuteEarth to be a helpful, educational resource.
The MinuteEarth YouTube channel was established back in 2011 by a handful of creators ranging from park rangers and world travelers to illustrators and Ph.Ds. What began as just a few videos aimed at teaching people a little about our home planet has grown into a full illustrated archive, educational resources for teachers and even a book that dives into questions about planet earth.
The channel itself is naturally filled with videos, divided into two sections: MinuteEarth Highlights and MinuteEarth Explains, with videos lasting at most about 15 minutes. Most topics are purely educational and discuss things like daylight, science through the lens of history, how animals were domesticated and the importance of a healthy immune system.
But there are also videos that, although scientific and factual, discuss topics that might be more difficult for young viewers such as the reproductive parts of reptiles and mammals, why some animals eat their babies and why ancient Egyptians used to worship cats. Some videos also discuss evolution, with a few concentrating entirely on the subject.
Not only does this channel contain useful, educational material, but the creators of this channel also offer lesson plans for teachers. And they’ve recently written a book that asks and answers curious questions about our planet.
In the videos I reviewed, one talks about why a certain male lizard does not have a penis. There are no crude suggestions, but the topic is still present. Another video touches on how ancient Egyptians used to worship cats. Still another touches on how animals eat their own fecal matter and their own offspring. And other videos discuss evolution.
MinuteEarth is a channel dedicated to educating kids of all ages on all things science. Some topics are too mature for the littlest ones in your family, and a few concentrate on evolution. But most ask and answer curious questions about how planet Earth functions.
Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).