The Day the Mesozoic Died

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Link to Resource: https://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/day-mesozoic-died
Resource Type:Teaching Media; Videos or Animations
Grade Level:
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Summary:The disappearance of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period posed one of the greatest, long-standing scientific mysteries. This three-act film tells the story of the extraordinary detective work that solved it. Shot on location in Italy, Spain, Texas, Colorado, and North Dakota, the film traces the uncovering of key clues that led to the stunning discovery that an asteroid struck the Earth 66 million years ago, triggering a mass extinction of animals, plants, and even microorganisms. Each act illustrates the nature and power of the scientific method. Representing a rare instance in which many different disciplines—geology, physics, biology, chemistry, paleontology—contributed to a revolutionary theory, the film is intended for students in all science classes.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 2; Big Idea 6
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:LS4.A; LS4.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:3-LS4-1; 3-LS4-3; HS-LS4-2; HS-LS4-5; HS-LS4-6; MS-LS4-1; MS-LS4-2; MS-LS4-6
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence; Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; asteroid; dinosaur; elementary school; extinction; geochemistry; geology; high school; k-12; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; k-6; k-8; k-9; middle school; paleontology
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