Teaching Geological and Evolutionary Processes Using Mass Extinctions
This playlist can be used to teach concepts in geology and evolution using mass extinction events. The topics covered include paleobiology, Earth history, the causes and effects of extinctions, speciation, and human impacts. The activities allow students to use evidence to reconstruct past mass extinctions, and to make comparisons with species declines in the Anthropocene.
By completing the resources in this playlist, students will be able to:
- Generate and answer questions about the causes and effects of mass extinctions.
- Make connections between extinction events of the past and the modern environmental conditions.
- Describe the key fossil evidence that supports the claim that birds are dinosaurs.
- Analyze and interpret data to answer scientific questions and draw conclusions.
This playlist can be used in general high school biology, environmental science, and earth science courses. Implementing this playlist should take about five to six 50-minute class periods.