History of Life Teacher Resources
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Students explore the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Plate Tectonics. In this history of life lesson, students explain two ways the Theory of Plate Tectonics and the Big Bang are of direct benefits to humans.
In this history of life worksheet, students explain how fossils form and how they can be interpreted. Students fill in the missing eras and periods in the geologic time scale provided.
Students study the history of life on Earth using Google tools. For this Earth history lesson, students research the history and timeline of Earth. Students use Google calendar to create a timeline with biographical links to explain the history of the Earth.
Students study geologic time scales and examine some of the transformations that have occurred over time. In this evolution lesson plan students view video and complete a lab.
Middle schoolers explore deep time by visiting an interactive timeline, by setting up a live-action student timeline somewhere in their school, and by comparing geologic time periods to the familiar calendar year.
High schoolers create a large (classroom-sized) timeline showing the history of life on Earth for the last 5 billion years. They are able to identify the events that are relevant to their taxonomic projects (the Origins and important developments in their groups' study taxa).
A somewhat amusing assignment, this learning exercise lists statements that an ancient organism may have made and asks learners to determine what geologic era that each may have lived in. It uses witty word puzzles and fill-in-the-blank-style questions to query learners on the history of life on Earth. You could use this as a homework assignment with middle school earth scientists, but make sure to work through it first so that you will have an answer key prepared.
In this fossils worksheet, students will study a picture of dinosaur and insect fossil prints and determine what story the fossils tell. Then students will complete 4 short answer questions about how biologist use fossils to study the history of life.
In this life history activity, students review the fossil record, geological time scale, and the origin of eukaryotic cells and multi-cellular organisms. Students also review patterns of evolution. This activity has 12 matching, 21 short answer, 39 fill in the blank, and 9 multiple choice questions.
For this history of life worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle by figuring out the 11 vocabulary words associated with the clues given. Students review fossil records, geological time periods, and carbon dating by completing 8 fill in the blank and 5 multiple choice questions.
In this history of life learning exercise, students complete a crossword puzzle by figuring out the vocabulary words associated with the 11 clues given. Then students review how paleontologists use fossils to learn more about past living things by completing 8 fill in the blank and 5 multiple choice questions.
Students explore plate tectonics, the "Big Bang" theory and Earth's history through geological evidence. In this understanding Earth's history lesson plan, students complete a 20 question worksheet on the history of Earth including a time line of Earth's major events.
Young scholars estimate the number of living organisms they might find in their local environment. After researching the types of organisms that existed during various geologic time periods, students describe how life forms have changed over time.
Students create a timeline. In this Earth's History lesson, students research the history of life on Earth and use the information collected to create a timeline. Students also answers the provided discussion questions.
Students investigate oxidation-reduction reactions involving iron by conducting an experiment in which they expose iron filings to different atmospheric and ocean conditions. They relate the results to the oxidation banding patterns seen in sedimentary rocks and the formation of an oxygen-rich atmosphere on Earth.
Students explore the geological time line. In this inquiry based instructional activity, students create a time capsule that represents a geological time period. The class will examine the time capsules to determine what time period each represents.
Students discuss the beginning of the world and how it was formed. In this science lesson, students identify different properties of evolution and discuss geological and molecular timelines. They identify the reasoning for molecular particles first.
Ninth graders examine gravitational force and the effects it has on the Earth's systems. In this meteors lesson students complete an experiment and compare data.
High schoolers explore how scientists use fossils to explore how various species have evolved over time. In this fossil lesson students study how to date fossils.
Students create a simple tool to visualize geologic time. They create knots to represent the K/T, P/T and Precambrian boundaries in a 4.6 meter string with each millimeter representing one million years. They then refer back to this tool often during a unit on geologic time.