Activity 5: Do at Home!
Have you ever seen a living mammoth?
Circle all of the extinct animals!
An animal is extinct if there are no more of them alive in the whole world.
How are all the animals you circled alike?
Why do you think they don't still live today?
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Scientists aren't sure why but there are at least 2 ideas:
Perhaps both of these environmental changes contributed to the extinction.
Fact: Approximately 80 different kinds (species) of mammals went extinct during the end of the Ice Age in North America.
Main Message: At the end of the Ice Age many mammals went extinct, particularly the larger ones. This exercise gets students thinking about extinction and possible causes, including hunting and other pressures from humans.
Connections: Activity 3 , "Dinosaur or Mammal?", uses similar observation skills to classify different animals.
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