The big five mass extinctions

Biologists suspect we’re living through the sixth major mass extinction. Earth has witnessed five, when more than 75% of species disappeared.

Use this article to investigate how the Earth has changed over time long before humans arrived. It is suited to students in years 4, 6, 8, 9, and 10 studying Earth and Space, Chemical and Biological sciences.


Word Count: 602

The big five mass extinctions | Cosmos

The big five mass extinctions | Cosmos

Years: 4, 6, 8, 9, 10

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Biological Sciences –  Ecosystems, The Body, Living Things

Chemical Sciences – Atoms

Earth and Space Sciences – Rocks, Plate Tectonics, The Changing Earth

Additional: Careers, Maths, Technology

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences –  Interdependence and Ecosystems, Diversity and Evolution, Form and Function

Chemical Sciences – Change of Matter

Earth and Space Sciences – The Earth’s Surface