Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction—On Land

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Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction—On Land

Summary

A lesson in which students analyze graphs and data on pollen grains and fern spores to form a picture of the living landscape before and after the K-T mass extinction.

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Curriculum Connections:

  • NGSS (2013) LS - 13
  • NGSS (2013) ESS - 2
  • Common Core (2010) - 12
  • AP Biology (2012-2013) - 7
  • IB Biology (2009) - 5
NGSS (2013) LS
MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS4-1, MS-LS2.C, MS-LS4.A, MS-S4.B, MS-LS4.C, HS-LS2-2, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5, HS-LS4.B, HS-LS4.C
NGSS (2013) ESS
MS-S4.B, HS-ESS1.C
Common Core (2010)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7, CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2, CCSS.Math.Practice.MP5, CCSS.Math.Content.HSN-Q.A.1 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.7,
AP Biology (2012-2013)
1.3.A, 1.A.4, 1.C.1, 2.D.1, 4.A.6, 4.B.3, 4.B.4
IB Biology (2009)
Topic 1, 5.4, D.2, G.1, G.2