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History of Earth

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History of Earth

Step 1Class discussion with students

Mass extinctions are periods in Earth’s history when an extremely large number of the world’s species die out over a short period of time. Earth has experienced five major mass extinction events over its history. The last, and most famous mass extinction event, was the end of the Cretaceous-Tertiary period. This is the period when dinosaurs went extinct due to the impact from a massive meteor or comet. The comet struck the west coast of Mexico, causing enormous amounts of dust and debris to spread around the world, disrupting the climate, and causing mass extinctions across the globe. Meteor impacts have also been blamed for other mass extinction events over the History of Earth.

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    History of the Planet Earth

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  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Mind Map listing the various rock materials that make up a meteor.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create an informative Poster discussing the effects of a meteor impact on Earth.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Explore a variety of meteor impact craters that have occurred over Earth's history with Google Earth including:

  • Acraman Crater
  • Manicouagan Crater
  • Morokweng Crater
  • Vredefort Crater
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Pixton Activity: History of Earth 1 History of the Planet Earth

Instructions

Create a Timeline of Earth’s history including five major impact events that changed the planet’s surface.

Each panel should include:

  • A title
  • An appropriate picture
  • A description of the impact, including the size, date, and location

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: History of the Planet Earth

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

4 3 2 1
Knowledge Understands scientific facts, procedures, concepts, principals, theories and methods. • demonstrates substantial scientific knowledge
• ideas are supported with strong supporting details
• Precise and advanced use of scientific terminology
• demonstrates adequate scientific knowledge
• ideas are supported with relevant supporting details
• appropriate use of scientific terminology
• demonstrates limited scientific knowledge
• ideas are supported with brief supporting details
• some use of scientific terminology
• demonstrates little scientific knowledge
• ideas are supported with weak or no supporting details
• Little to no use of scientific terminoloy
Application Applies scientific knowledge, skills and methods to hypothesize, analyze and conclude. • exceptional application of the scientific method when solving problems
• no errors in carrying out procedure
• accurately applies the scientific method when solving problems
• limited errors in carrying out procedure
• limited application of the scientific method when solving problems
• several errors in carrying out procedure
• does not apply the scientific method when solving problems
• multiple errors in carrying out procedure
Communication Communicates scientific knowledge through writing, speech and visuals. • panels are highly organized with exceptional use of relevant details
• written and visual content is highly effective
• accurate and precise communication of data
• panels are organized with consistent use of relevant details
• written and visual content is accurate and complete
• accurate and consistent communication of data
• panels are organized with few relevant details
• limited written and visual content
• incomplete or brief data communication
• panels are unorganized with little relevant details
• written and visual content is missing
• limited or no communication of data
Total

Example Timeline

History of the Planet Earth by Student
Ordovician-Silurian ExtinctionThe Ordovician-Silurian Extinction was the third largest extinction event in Earth's history, occurring 447 to 443 million years ago.

Most of life on Earth was still in the sea; creatures such as trilobites, brachiopods and graptolites were drastically reduced in numbers. It is estimated that 85% of sea life was eradicated.

The event was the result of an ice age that reduced sea levels and disrupted the chemistry of the water.
Late Devonian ExtinctionThe Late Devonian Extinction was a series of events that occured over several million years, around 360 million years ago.

Over 75% of the world's species were wiped out due to changes in sea levels, asteroid impacts, climate change, and reduced oxygen levels in Earth's seas. Sea life and the coral reefs were the most affected. Bacteria were able to survive this period and flourished in the new conditions.
Permian-Triassic ExtinctionThe Permian-Triassic Extinction was considered the Great Dying as over 96% of the world's species died out, 252 million years ago.

There were two major events that were separated by millions of years. Marine life was badly affected and insects were completely wiped out for the only time in their history.

The extinction event may have been caused by a variety issues such as an asteroid impact, flood basalt eruptions, catastrophic methane release, a drop in oxygen levels, or sea level fluctuations.
Triassic-Jurassic ExtinctionDuring the final 18 million years of the Triassic period (around 200 million years ago), there were three major extinction events.

Approximately 50% of all species were eliminated from Earth due to climate change, flood basalt eruptions, and an asteroid impact. Many types of animals died out, including marine reptiles, large amphibians, reef-building creatures, and large numbers of cephalopod molluscs. Plants showed resilience and were not as affected.
Cretaceous-Tertiary ExtinctionThe Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction is best known for the death of the dinosaurs, 66 milion years ago.

The event was characterized by a huge asteroid or comet that struck the seabed near the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. This wiped out the dinosaurs along with ammonites, many flowering plants, and the last of the pterosaurs.

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