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Mass Extinction of Large Dinosaurs and More

STEM Subject

Mass Extinctions of Large Dinosaurs and More 

National Middle School Science Standards

Earth Science, Life Science 

Key Terms:

paleontology, dinosaur, fossil record, mass extinction, asteroid, Cretaceous period, K-T boundary 

Key Concepts:

  • Extinctions at the end of the Cretaceous
  • Causes of mass extinction events
  • Interpreting ecosystem changes through fossils
  • Reconstructing ancient environments
  • Technology used by paleontologists 

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

Asteroid headed towards Earth at the end of the Cretaceous. Depiction by Mary Parrish, Smithsonian. Asteroid headed towards Earth at the end of the Cretaceous. Depiction by Mary Parrish, Smithsonian.
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RESOURCES ABOUT THE MASS EXTINCTION OF LARGE DINOSAURS AND MORE

Middle School Level

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NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

The Mass Extinction of Large Dinosaurs teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations:

Earth Science

MS-ESS1

Earth's Place in the Universe
    MS-ESS1-4Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth's 4.6-billion-year-old history.

MS-ESS2

Earth's Systems
    MS-ESS2-2Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales.
Life Science

MS-LS4

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
    MS-LS4-1Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.MS-LS4-2Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

MS-ESS1, MS-ESS2, MS-LS4 

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Close-up of Dr. Kirk Johnson in the field with a black hat on holding a rock containing fossil leaves.
Kirk Johnson
Sant Director, National Museum of Natural History
Wide shot of Dr. Matthew Carrano in shorts and t-shirt in the field touching a gray Crestacious boundary rock surface.
Matthew Carrano
Paleobiologist and Curator of Dinosauria
Paleobiologist Dr. Kay Behrensmeyer in jeans, shirt, and hat, standing at a field slope with rocks and  writing in a notebook
Anna K. Behrensmeyer
Paleobiologist and Curator of Fossil Vertebrates
Dr. Hans Sues in a dark suit holding a bone with a skeletal diagram of a dinosaur behind. Smithsonian photo by James Diloreto.
Hans-Dieter Sues
Paleobiologist and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
Paleobiologist Dr. Scott Wing holding a plant fossil with other large fossils behind him. Pictures on the wall behind.
Scott Wing
Paleobiologist and Curator of Fossil Plants
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