Cretaceous Impact Kit


This kit contains a set of colorful images, a core replica, and interactive materials.
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Sixty five million years ago, a 10 km meteorite crashed into what is now Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, creating a 177 km crater and causing mass extinctions across the globe. There are two kits focused on this event that challenge students to look at the evidence to make inferences about the past.

General Introduction Cretaceous Impact Kit:

  •     Introduce the JOIDES Resolution research vessel and scientific ocean drilling;
  •     Demonstrate how cores and sediment records drilled from the ocean floor can be used to make  inferences about past events;
  •     Present different careers associated with conducting science on the ship.

Using the Cretaceous Impact Event to Teach Science Process

  • Challenges students to make core observations and generate questions to obtain information that helps them make inferences about past events.
  • Introduces students to the Science Flow chart to reflect upon the aspects of science the engaged in.

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Curriculum standards

Next Generation Science Standards: Cross Cutting Concepts: 
Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, quantity
System and system models
Stability and change
Next Generation Science Standards: Science and Engineering Practices: 
Asking questions and defining problems
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence
Next Generation Science Standards: Core Ideas: 
ESS1. C The history of the planet Earth
ESS2.A Earth materials and systems
LS4.A Evidence of common ancestry and diversity