Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
Read here about what causes animals to become endangered and later, extinct. After reading, share your opinion in writing about why we no longer have mammoths on the earth today. What caused their extinction? Provide details to support your argument.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Research two different species of mammoth and create a comparison chart about the two. How were they similar and what made them different? The Absolute Elephant Information Encyclopedia is a great website that may be helpful. Varying species are listed in the left column of that page.
Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show the data by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate units - whole numbers, halves, or quarters.
Using this Mammoth Migration Map, transfer it to a larger world map. Calculate the distance that mammoths traveled in a migration.
Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
The woolly mammoth lived a long time ago. Check out this Tale of the Woolly Mammoth to determine how long ago that was. Then determine how many of their own (student) lifetimes (using their current age) that would amount to.
Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.
Some kinds of plants and animals that once lived on Earth are no longer found anywhere. Fossils provide evidence about the types of organisms that lived long ago and also about the nature of their environments. Examples of data could include fossils of extinct organisms.
Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.
Populations live in a variety of habitats, and change in those habitats affects the organisms living there. When the environment changes in ways that affect a place's physical characteristics, temperature, or availability of resources, some organisms survive and reproduce, others move to new locations, yet others move into the transformed environment, and some die.
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
Organisms, and populations of organisms, are dependent on their environmental interactions both with other living things and with nonliving factors. In any ecosystem, organisms and populations with similar requirements for food, water, oxygen, or other resources may compete with each other for limited resources, access to which consequently constrains their growth and reproduction. Growth of organisms and population increases are limited by access to resources.
Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.
The collection of fossils and their placement in chronological order is known as the fossil record and documents the change of many life forms throughout the history of the Earth.
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth's history.
The geologic time scale interpreted from rock strata provides a way to organize Earth's history. Examples of Earth's major events could range from being very recent (such as the last Ice Age or the earliest fossils of homo sapiens) to very old. Examples can include the evolution or extinction of particular living organisms.