This video discusses species extinctions, mass extinction events in Earth's history, and the current mass extinction event occurring on Earth.
Dr. Dominique Dodge-Wan discusses the causes of species extinctions, showcases a number of endangered species, talks about why we should all care about these extinctions, the solutions, and the need for immediate action.
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.
Students should be familiar with the 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.
Causing the extinction of other species can be an emotional subject for students. Let them explore their feelings, think about the ethics involved, brainstorm personal actions, and relate their personal connections with animals to the extinction crisis.
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)
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.
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
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.
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.