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Interactive Assessment for The Day the Mesozoic Died

Several questions are embedded within the short film The Day the Mesozoic Died, which tells the story of the scientific quest to explain one of the greatest, long-standing scientific mysteries: the sudden disappearance of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period.

Evolution
Earth Science
Science Practices
Interactive Videos
High School — General
High School — AP/IB
College
Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction: On Land

This activity supports concepts covered in the short film The Day the Mesozoic Died. Students analyze graphs and data on pollen grains and fern spores to form a picture of the living landscape before and after the mass extinction that marked the end of the age of the dinosaurs.

Evolution
Earth Science
Lessons
High School — AP/IB
College
Activity for The Day the Mesozoic Died

This activity explores the research described in the short film The Day the Mesozoic Died. The film traces the uncovering of key clues revealing that an asteroid struck Earth 66 million years ago, triggering a mass extinction.

Evolution
Earth Science
Science Practices
Film Activities
High School — General
High School — AP/IB
College
Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction: In the Ocean

This activity supports concepts covered in the short filmThe Day the Mesozoic Died by replicating observations and measurements made by researchers of fossilized protists, called foraminifera (or forams), below and above the K-T boundary.

Evolution
Science Practices
Card Activities
High School — General
High School — AP/IB
College