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6th Mass Extinction | Dr. Dominique Dodge-Wan

Author: Dr. Dominique Dodge-Wan
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Biology, Earth Science, Climate Action
Format: YouTube Video
Resource Type:
  • Video, 18 minutes, 8 seconds
  • This TEDx Talk featuring Dr. Dominique Dodge-Wan discusses extinctions, mass extinctions, and the current mass extinction event occurring on Earth. 
  • Dr. Dominique Dodge-Wan discusses:
    • The causes of extinctions.
    • A number of endangered species.
    • Why we should all care about these extinctions.
    • Solutions to the sixth mass extinction event.
    • The need for immediate action.

Teaching Tips


  • Dr. Dominique Dodge-Wan includes a variety of animals and plants that are currently endangered and provides the who, what, where, how, and why for this mass extinction event.
  • She ends the video with solutions and a call to action.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with these terms: species, population, consumption, and extinction.


  • Cross-curricular connections could be made in classes discussing human exploration and colonization, human population growth, ethics, and geography.
  • Pausing the video between topics to ensure understanding or answer questions might be helpful for some students.
Scientist Notes

This resource underpins animal migration, predator invasion, and extinction. Although the video is lengthy at over 18 minutes, students can gain deep knowledge on animal migration and extinction.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.*
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.


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