This Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction: Part 1 – In the Ocean activity & project also includes:
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 conclusions. Then, they compare the size of fossils using calculations since the scale of each photo varies.
- Explain why the International Union of Geological Sciences removed the tertiary period in 1989 and what replaced it
- Extend the lesson by debating if we are currently in the middle of a mass extinction event
- Relies on prior knowledge of fossils, rock layers, and the geological time scale
- Connects math and science concepts
- Encourages higher order thinking skills