The Shape of Life—Now Available on!

The Shape of Life—Now Available on!

Teachers, share with your students one of the greatest stories of all time – how did animal life evolve on planet earth?

Download or stream these short videos to help students learn about this dramatic rise of the animal kingdom and how those first animals lead to the astonishing diversity we see on earth today:

Stunning animations explain the intricate inner workings of animals’ bodies, demonstrating how form and function are complementary.

Never before filmed animal behaviors show animals hunting and feeding in their natural habitats.

Scientists are shown at work, as they study paleontology, genetics and ecology, pursuing their passion for the animals they study.

From sponges, to worms, to humans, each phylum is presented, showing the exquisite design of its body plan and the evolutionary developments that lead to today’s astonishing diversity.

Other topics present exciting new developments in genetics, paleontology, and engineering.

All these videos align with the National Science content standards for grades 5-9 and California 7th grade science standards.

Of the 35 known animal phyla, most of the animals alive today are member of only eight. The Shape of Life was originally developed as an eight-part television series highlighting these eight phyla.

Visit The Shape of Life on by selecting Science from Knowitall by Subject or by using the Sites A-Z list.

Or access it directly at:


ETV Learn Blog | StreamlineSC


Provides video-on-demand service over the web, thousands of educational programs and is free to public, private, and home schools

Carolina Classrooms

Carolina Classrooms is ETV's new education series. The show airs the last Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and are repeated on the SC Channel and The World. is ETV's educational Web portal, a collection of fun, interactive websites for K-12 students, teachers and parents.

ETV Teacher Courses

ETV offers an array of professional development opportunities for PreK-12 educators, certified renewal or graduate credit.

PBS Learning Media

ETV has partnered with PBS to make thousands of online resources available on-demand to South Carolina educators.


A simplified way for teachers to find the resources they need, access their school’s TV Guide, and find teacher recertification courses, development, and training.

ETV Kids

Smart Cat's place for kids to play and explore hundreds of safe fun educational activities with PBS Kids characters.

FastForward / GED

Adult Education videos on-demand: GED and Pre-GED, Workplace Essential Skills and videos for basic reading, writing, math and life skills.


Register for our newsletter to receive news, updates, schedules, and alerts by email.

Subscribe Now!

  • Home
  • |
  • ETV Stations
  • |
  • Network Status
  • |
  • Weather and Emergency Alerts
  • |
  • Jobs and Internships
  • |
  • Pressroom
  • |
  • Privacy Policy
  • |
  • About ETV
  • |
  • Contact Us

  • FCC TV Public Files:
  • WITV (Charleston)
  • |
  • WEBA-TV (Allendale)
  • |
  • WJWJ-TV (Beaufort)
  • |
  • WHMC-TV (Conway)
  • |
  • WRJA-TV (Sumter)
  • |
  • WNTV (Greenville)

  • WNSC-TV (Rock Hill)
  • |
  • WJPM-TV (Florence)
  • |
  • WRLK-TV (Columbia)
  • |
  • WNEH-TV (Greenwood)
  • |
  • WRET-TV (Spartanburg)

  • If you need assistance accessing our public file information, please contact Tara Thomas at 803-737-3500.

    NPR - National Public Radio    PBS - Public Broadcasting Service