Dino Doom

Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm PT / 1:00-2:00pm MT / 2:00-3:00pm CT / 3:00-4:00pm ET Online
Share-a-Thon Part of Share-a-Thon


Diane Ripollone, Cardinal Gibbons High School
Wendy Abshire, American Meteorological Society


Project will be shared in the Share-A-Thon. Website and handouts will be shared with attendees.


The Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event, which occurred 66 mya, caused the mass extinction of nearly 75% of the plant and animal species on Earth. This event is marked by a thin layer of sediment which can be found throughout the world in marine and terrestrial rocks. The boundary clay shows high levels of iridium, which is rare on Earth but abundant in asteroids.
Central Question: What evidence exists for the extinction of the dinosaurs and 75% of all animal and plant species at the end of the Cretaceous Period?
Learning Outcome #1: Investigate the patterns in fossil data over time that aid in the discovery of significant events in Earth's history.
Learning Outcome #2: Investigate the global patterns in chemical composition data over time that aid in the discovery of significant events in Earth's history.
Learning Outcome #3: Determine the size of the impact crater, using the global patterns of iridium in the rock record, to search for the location of the impact potentially responsible for changes to the environment.
Learning Outcome #4: Investigate the global patterns of living organisms, before and after the KPg boundary, to identify the significant changes to life on Earth.


Activity is used in 10th Grade Earth Science Class. I use the lesson during our Geological History Unit at the end of the unit.

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Activity includes various teaching strategies and gives educators a wide variety of resources. While using the lesson you have the opportunity to use it as whole or separate the sections for your classroom. To insure effectiveness, Infiniscope has tested the lesson in classes across the US.

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Dino Doom PPT (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.2MB Jul1 20)

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