GEOLogic: The Big Five Mass Extinctions

Laura Guertin, Carleton College Science Education Resource Center

GEOLogic questions are puzzles that were developed to support students understanding of geoscience concepts while challenging them to develop better logic and problem solving skills. In this exercise, students are asked to match up the five largest mass extinction events with their relative dates, approximate duration, and severity (percentage of species that became extinct) based on clues given from various perspectives. This activity is appropriate for a high school science class or an introductory level undergraduate geoscience course, and can be given as an in-class assignment or for homework. Learning goals, context for use, teaching tips, materials, assessment tips and related resources are provided.

Subject: Geoscience:Paleontology
Resource Type: Activities
Topics: Time/Earth History
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Paleontology