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Students research the evidence for prehistorically formed methane hydrates contributing to global warming. In this climate change lesson, students work in groups to research methane hydrates, global warming, The Cambrian Explosion, and The Paleocene Extinction. They present the results of their research and discuss how the topics are related.
Three eras of the current Phanerozoic geological eon are broken down for your pupils. Biological features of the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras are listed, along with the possible causes of mass extinctions. Plenty of diagrams, charts, graphs, photos of fossils, and drawings of prehistoric organisms accompany the text.
This sequence of slides presents information about the hypothesis of key events in the Origin of Life. The conditions on early earth are given and the process that would allow for living organisms to develop. The evidence will stimulate discussion in your class and your students may be interested in continuing research on their own. This slideshow stands on its own, so with basic prior knowledge your class could use this in personal study time.
Using meters as years, your class works together to map out the geologic time scale on a football field. Plenty of background information is included in this lesson plan as well as several resource links and a student worksheet. Your earth science class will score a touchdown in understanding geologic history!
Students describe the overall events that occurred during the Paleocene extinction event as well as the processes that are believed to result in global warming after group research. They infer how a global warming event could have contributed to the Paleocene extinction event.
Give your earth scientists or evolutionary biologists a very brief overview of the history of planet Earth using this presentation as a support. A slide explores the big bang theory and one describes the formation of our solar system. A geological time line is displayed, and then explanations of the formation of organic molecules and the origin of life are attempted. The slides are text-dense, so a lot of reading will be required of viewers. Consider having learners read this and take notes on it as homework.