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In this life history instructional 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 instructional activity has 12 matching, 21 short answer, 39 fill in the blank, and 9 multiple choice questions.
In this history of life worksheet, high schoolers 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 worksheet, 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 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.
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!
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.
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.
A somewhat amusing assignment, this worksheet 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 Earth's history worksheet, students will complete 5 true or false questions based on the early history of the Earth. Students will match 7 fossil vocabulary words to their definitions. Students will complete 4 short answer questions about relative dating of fossils and then complete a table placing certain events in the era that they occurred.