Radiometric Dating Teacher Resources

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How Old is it Really? - How Do We Know that the Earth is 4.6 Billion Years Old?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Eight neat slides lead to the understanding of how geologists have determined Earth's age. Most of the slides are dedicated to explaining the absolute dating method of assessment. Color diagrams display radioactive isotopes and a graph...
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Radioactive Dating Game

For Students 6th - Higher Ed Standards
Uranium 235 has a half-life of over 700 million years and is the fuel used in the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Pupils see the half-lives and decay rates of Carbon-14 and Uranium-238. They also take measurements of these two...
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Who Was Here First? Relative Dating

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students read about and complete question activities for the topic of relative dating. In this relative dating activity, students read information for the topic and then complete two activities to further their understanding of geologic...
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The Mystery of Earth’s History

For Students 8th Standards
Every living creature can leave a fossil record, yet most fossils belong to extinct organisms rather than ones currently living. Scholars learn about dating rock layers, fossils, and the environment of the past. Pupils understand that...
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How Do We Measure Absolute Time?-Geologic Clocks

For Students 7th - 10th
In this absolute time instructional activity, students define radiometric dating, tree rings and varves as means to measure absolute time. They are given information about each of these methods of dating.
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Determining the Age of Fossils

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore radioactive dating using a radiometric Dating website. In this chemistry lesson plan, students will work in small groups to collect data that shows how fossils are dated. As a follow-up, students will research a...
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Determining the Age of Fossils

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the concept of radioactive dating. In this radioactive dating instructional activity, students investigate how to determine the ages of fossils and rocks as they learn about half-life radioactive decay.
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Geologic Time: Relative and Absolute Dating

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate relative and absolute dating; determine the difference between the two dating systems; and apply this knowledge by creating a geologic timetable of their own.
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Geologic Time Measurement

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders gain an understanding of various methods (e.g., rock sequences, fossil correlation, radiometric dating) used by scientists to estimate geologic time. Students read in the content area, use note-taking strategies and...
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Earth's History

For Students 9th - 12th
In this Earth's history learning exercise, students review the terms associated with fossils, relative dating, and geological time scale. Students describe what happened during the Cretaceous period. This learning exercise has 1 graphic...
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Understanding the Geologic Timescale

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students identify and analyze how the geologic time scale was developed by investigating 11 periods of time and the vast expanse of time of the Earth's existence. They study their period, determine the important factors indicative to...
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Absolute Ages of Rocks

For Students 9th - 12th
In this ages of rock worksheet, students review the processes involved with determining the ages of rocks which includes the radioactive decay of carbon-14. This worksheet has 5 matching and 5 short answer questions.
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Fossil Inferences

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders use their knowledge about fossils to arrange fossil pictures in sequence from oldest to youngest. They explain how fossils can be used to make inferences about past life, climate, geology, and environments and discover...
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Absolute Ages of Rocks

For Students 9th - 12th
In this rocks learning exercise, students review the process of absolute dating of rocks and compare it to the relative dating process. This learning exercise has 16 fill in the blank questions.
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Worksheet: How Do We Know How Old Earth Is?

For Students 6th - 9th
A short reading passage about types of evidence used to estimate Earth's age is provided before giving junior geologists a research assignment. They define petrology, stratigraphy, and paleoontology. They describe the job of a geologist...
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Evolution!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Almost 100 slides explore the history of life and how it has changed over time. Full of photos and graphics, the colorful text is highly informative. You could go through these slides, pick and choose which you might want to highlight,...
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Evidence of Evolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What an impression fossils make! In this activity, aspiring paleontologists view fossils and construct a timeline to further understand how the lack of natural adaptation caused historical organisms to become extinct. While they should...
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Examining the Fossil Record

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students create an evolutionary tree based on fossil morphology and their ages. In this fossil record lesson plan, students are given 23 pictures of fossil. They study their morphology and arrange the fossils by age and structures on a...
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Evolution - The Nature of Change and Variation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The objective of this set of slides is to present four types of evidence for evolution: the fossil record, embryology, molecular biology, and comparative anatomy. Each facet of the argument is explored. This can be used in a high school...
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A Phylogenetic Perspective for the Cladistically Challenged

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students use M&Ms to simulate radioactive decay of elements.
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How the Earth Was Made Movie Sheet

For Students 4th - 5th
In these Earth science worksheets, students watch a movie about how the Earth was made. Students then answer 50 questions about the movie.
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Understanding Geologic Time

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students use the Internet and complete a timeline.  In this biology lesson students use the Internet to complete an activity.
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13 Ways to Tell Time Backwards

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore different ways geological time can be measured: comparing the time dimensions for each method, the mechanisms of each method, and the materials used.
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Introduction to Graphical Representation of Data Sets in Connection with Nuclear Decay

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Pupils record data, make observations, and share in experimentation and discussion of numerical experiments.

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