The following classroom-ready resources complement The Day the Mesozoic Died, which tells the story of the extraordinary detective work that led to the stunning discovery that an asteroid struck Earth 66 million years ago, triggering a mass extinction of animals, plants and even microorganisms.
These guides and quiz support the short film The Day the Mesozoic Died. The “At a Glance Film Guide” provides a short summary of the film, along with key concepts and ties to selected curricula and textbooks. The “In-Depth Film Guide for Teachers” includes a more detailed summary and background information, discussion points, lists of related resources and references, and answers to the accompanying student “Quiz.” The "Quiz" is designed as a summative assessment that probes student understanding of the key concepts addressed in the film. These documents are updated as new information and resources become available.
Note: The In-Depth-Guide was revised October 2014 to include film pause points and discussion questions.The background section was further revised April 2015 to add a reference to newly published research.
Curriculum and Textbook Connections:
NGSS (April 2013)
MS-PS3.C, MS-LS2.C, MS-LS4.A, MS-LS4.C, MS-ESS1.C, MS-ESS2.A, HS-LS2.B, HS-LS2.C, HS-LS4.C, HS-LS4.D,HS-ESS1.C, HS-ESS2.A, HS-ESS2.E, HS-PS1.C
AP Biology(2012–13 Standards)
4.B.4, 1.C.1, SP5
IB Biology (2009)
5.1, 5.4.8, D.2.7, D.2.9, D.1.3, G.2.6, G.2.7
APES: Themes and Topics (2013)
Themes: 1, 3; Topics: I.A; VII.C
Miller & Levine,
1.1-1.3, 19.1, 19.2
Reese et al. Campbell Biology (9th Ed. 2011)
Pearson Earth Science (2011 Ed.)
1.5, 13.3, 22.3
Cunningham, Environmental Science A Global Concern (11e)
2.1–2.3, 4.1, 4.4, 14.1, 15.3, 15.5, 16.2
Friedland and Relyea, Environmental Science for AP (2012)
Ch.1 (p. 15), Ch. 4 (pp99–108), Ch. 5, Ch. 8 (pp. 208–209) Ch. 15 (pp410–415),