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The Paleozoic Era

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students access prior knowledge to create a chart of eras. In this Paleozoic era lesson, students research the Paleozoic era to find information to create dioramas. Students participate in fossil activities.
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A Quick Look at the History of Life on Earth Part 2 - The Phanerozoic Eon

For Teachers 6th - 12th
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,...
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Peanut Butter Geology

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Why are there old dinosaur bones in the museum? Because they can't afford new ones! The chapter contains seven hands-on activities at four different levels covering geological eras, dinosaurs, timelines, and statigraphy. 
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A Brief History of Life: When Life Exploded

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Dimetrodon is generally featured in children's books about dinosaurs even though it wasn't a reptile and lived in an earlier era than dinosaurs. The way life developed wasn't as smooth as many people think. The video focuses on the...
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Geological Time Scale

For Students 9th - 12th
In this geological time instructional activity, student use a geologic time scale to understand the difference between eons, eras, and periods. Then learners complete 2 short answer questions.
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Fossils & The Geologic Time Scale

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Here is a straighforward and visually appealing presentation for your middle school earth science pupils. It introduces three types of fossils, relative vs. absolute dating, and the different eras of Earth's history. The eras are further...
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The Mesozoic Era

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders recognize that the Earth was different in different eras. In this Mesozoic Era lesson, 6th graders compare the time frame of the different eras and how long they lasted for by graphing them. Students study the...
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Science Puzzlers, Twisters, and Teasers: The History of Life on Earth

For Students 6th - 8th
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...
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Worksheet: The Geological Time Scale

For Students 6th - 9th
After reading a passage about geological time and fossil evidence, Earth historians write answers to six questions about what they learned. They are also directed to design a board game that would teach players about the geological time...
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Early Earth History

For Students 7th - 9th
In this earth history worksheet, students answer 12 questions about geological time, the eras of Earth, the changes taking place in early Earth and the life present during the eras. They also answer 2 questions about the Paleozoic Era.
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Geologic Time Scale

For Students 8th - 10th
In this geologic time scale instructional activity, students are given a list of terms and eras which they use to complete a time scale. They classify organic and inorganic changes that took place in the Precambrian era, the Cenozoic...
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The Age of Reptiles in Three Acts

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Reptiles survived the largest extinction event on the planet and then they grew into the most dominant class of the Mesozoic Era. They quickly evolved into giants on land, sea, and air. In an episode of the PBS Eons series viewers learn...
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Early Earth History

For Students 7th - 12th
In this early earth history worksheet, students will list 10 events and types of organisms in the order in which they appeared on the Earth, from cyanobacteria to complex organisms. Then students will complete 4 short answer questions...
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The Paleozoic Era Crossword

For Students 4th - 5th
For this Paleozoic Era worksheet, students complete a 12 word crossword puzzle using given clues about the Paleozoic Era. Answers given on page 2.
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Fossils - Uncovering Clues to the Past

For Students 4th - 6th
In this prehistoric era worksheet, students view a video on "Fossils". Students, while watching the video, fill in the blanks in 17 facts relating to the video.
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Bellwork April 12-16

For Students 7th - 9th
In this bellwork activity, students answer questions about the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras. They answer questions about fossils, half life, and radioactive material.
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The Paleozoic Era

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this Paleozoic Era worksheet, students find a total of 12 hidden words in a puzzle about the Paleozoic Era. Word are hidden diagonally, forward and backward.
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Biodiversity Flourishes in Phanerozoic Eon

For Students 10th - 12th
Sal shares the timeline and process by which life propagated and colonized land. He covers life events that occurred during the Cenozoic, Mesozoic, and Paleozoic eras. 
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Dimetrodon: Our Most Unlikely Ancestor

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Dimetrodon lived before flowers, and people often believe it was a dinosaur. Research, however, proves a different story. An informative video teaches more about the dimetrodon, a mammal often confused for a reptile. It explains the...
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The History of Life

For Students 6th - 8th
In this history of life learning exercise, students will use diagrams of the Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic Era to complete 4 fill in the blank statements.
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History of Life on Earth

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Cleopatra lived closer to the first moon landing than the building of the pyramids at Giza. If your pupils are struggling to understand the timeline of the 4.6-billion-year history of the Earth, a lesson about the Geologic Time Scale is...
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Geological Time Line Comparison-Earth and Missouri

For Students 8th - 10th
In this geological time line worksheet, students compare the time lines they created of the earth's history to the history of Missouri. They answer questions about the eras, the scale of the time lines and the major events that occurred...
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Missouri Time Scale and Earth Time Scale

For Students 8th - 10th
In this time scale instructional activity, students create a time scale of Missouri and the earth using adding machine tape. The length of the tape represents the history of Missouri and the history of earth. Students identify the major...
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Earth History Part I

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders simulate geologic time using toilet tissue capture activity. In this earth science lesson, 8th graders identify the different characteristics of Paleozoic and Precambrian era. They hypothesize how old the Earth is.

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