This is meant to be a workshop lesson on how life on Earth developed and changed during the Cenozoic Era. It was designed to be used with my other units on the Geological Time Scale, but can be used independently as well.
During the mini-lesson you will remind students of the events of the Mesozoic Era that affected life during the Cenozoic Era (which creatures developed earlier and survived the mass extinction even that killed the dinosaurs). The working portion of the class will involve students studying a rough timeline of the era, answering thought-provoking questions about the timeline, and (if you have created timelines) illustrating the Cenozoic Era portion of their group timelines. Finally, the debriefing will consist comparing their answers to the questions and building an anchor chart with information on life during the Cenozoic Era. Two assessments are also included for measuring student understanding of the Cenozoic Era.
The module does not include an extra step for re-teaching or for students who are absent for the class instruction. Students can use the timeline and questions at home if necessary.
* While an answer key for the assessments is included, the thinking questions do not have a key because there are so many valid answers.