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Extinction of SpeciesLesson Planet
3 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Extinction: i's not just for dinosaurs! Young ecologists examine the alarming facts about the causes of mass extinctions by watching this engaging Fuse School Evolution video. Topics include previous extinction events, living fossils,...
A Mammoth Undertaking: The Science of De-Extinction!Lesson Planet
6 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
If scientists could use biotechnology to bring back extinct species, should it? A thought-provoking video explores the technical and ethical considerations of this question as part of a larger biology playlist. It explains what would be...
Mass Extinctions InteractiveLesson Planet
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Extinctions constantly occur, but what sets off a mass extinction event? Young scientists study the data from the previous five mass extinctions to better understand their causes. Then, they learn the impact each extinction had on our...
Speciation and ExtinctionLesson Planet
13 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Are we, as some scientists theorize, in the midst of the sixth mass extinction? Scholars explore speciation through adaptive radiation and extinction with a video that uses the three-spines stickleback in Alaska, and its current...
The Extinction That Never HappenedLesson Planet
9 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
How do scientists define a mass extinction event in the fossil record, and what happens when they are wrong? Scientists find living plants and animals previously believed to be extinct on almost every continent. An engaging video...
Mammoths vs. Mastodons: Can We "De-Extinct" Them Both?Lesson Planet
4 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
According to a popular movie series, de-extincting ancient species may not be the best idea! But, is it possible? Explore the prospect through a video that is part of a larger playlist covering mammals. The narrator compares the physical...
How Many Mass Extinctions Have There Been?Lesson Planet
3 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Everyone knows about the extinction of the dinosaurs, but what other mass extinctions have happened? The video explains how scientists define mass extinctions. It offers insight into the debate about the number of mass extinctions as well.
Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction: Part 1 – In the OceanLesson Planet
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Extinction events have happen throughout geologic history, but only five mass extinctions occurred over the last 4.5 billion years. Scholars view fossils from a layer of sediment during an extinction event and observe patterns to draw...
Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction Part 2: On LandLesson Planet
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
What can fossils tell us about periods of extinction? Young scholars interpret fossil layers to make conclusions about changes in life during different geological time periods. They analyze the fossils for abundance and diversity as well...
Why Megalodon (Definitely) Went ExtinctLesson Planet
11 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
From the top of the food chain to extinction, follow the life of the megalodon! An episode in the PBS Eon series describes the evolution of the ancient species and its eventual extinction. The narrator discusses the fossil evidence and...
Biodiversity and Extinction Vulnerability - De-NaturedLesson Planet
8 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Science benefits everyone, so why is the language in journal articles so difficult to understand? The third video in the four-part series on Biodiversity breaks down a journal article so everyone understands the content. The article...
Mass Extinction and Fossil RecordsLesson Planet
7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
The focus of a fossil-based lesson uses graphs and charts that allow young paleontologists to make inferences about events of mass extinction. They must apply their previous knowledge about fossil records in this final lesson of the...
1 Million Species Could Go Extinct… Here’s WhyLesson Planet
6 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewThe human carbon footprint may be larger than anyone thought. It is estimated that one million species are at risk of going extinct due to human impact on the environment. An installment from the large It's Okay to be Smart series...