The Deadliest Ice Age Ever

Will all species follow the trilobite down the road to extinction? Discover the changing conditions on ancient Earth that led to both population explosions and mass extinctions with a video presentation. The narrator shows examples of times when life flourished, which were often followed by periods where freezing temperatures ended the lives of many prehistoric lifeforms.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show the resource during an evolution unit or lesson plan about mass extinctions
  • Have the class research Northern Africa to learn more about the region's wealth of fossil records
Classroom Considerations

  • Review a timeline of eras on Earth to give learners some reference for the periods discussed in the video
Pros

  • Animated organisms give pupils an idea of what early lifeforms looked like
  • Presents the interesting content in a way that will engage both middle and high school scientists
Cons

  • None
Common Core