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11:10 a.m. Live Stream Event: Mesozoic Ecosystems

Montana is famous for its Hell Creek Formation, the geologic unit that represents the very end of the Mesozoic Era and the last non-avian dinosaurs including T.rex and Triceratops. These famous dinosaurs lived in an ecosystem filled with life, including other animals and plants. Explore the dinosaurs, other animals, and plants from the Hell Creek Formation and discover how scientists use fossil evidence to understand ecosystems of the Mesozoic Era.

Grades: 2 – 5 | Length: 45 min. | Category: Science

Montana Science Standards

  • 2nd Grade: Life Science: Make observations of plants and animals to compare and contrast the diversity of life in different habitats.
  • 3rd Grade:
    • Life Science: Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
    • Life Science: Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.
  • 4th Grade: Earth & Space Science: Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
  • 5th Grade:
    • Life Science: Develop and critique a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
    • Earth & Space Science: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, or atmosphere interact.​

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