A worksheet in which students write down the evidence that led to the discovery that an asteroid struck Earth about 66 million years ago, causing a mass extinction.
Appropriate for: middle school earth and life sciences and high school biology, earth science, chemistry, and physics (all levels)
This worksheet supports the HHMI short film The Day the Mesozoic Died. As students watch the film, they will write down the evidence that led to the discovery that an asteroid struck Earth about 66 million years ago, causing a mass extinction. Through this exercise students gain an appreciation for the scientific process, which consists of asking questions, making observations, formulating hypotheses, and gathering and evaluating evidence.
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
Common Core (2010)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.8, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-12.1,CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-12.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-12.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-12.8
AP Biology (2012-13)
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