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59 resources with the concept geologic time scale

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A Brief History of Geologic Time

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How do scientists know the history of Earth before humans—or any mammals—existed? An epic "Eons" series video explains the larger history of geologic time. It highlights the eons, eras, periods, epochs, and ages scientists use to divide...
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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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For Students 6th - Higher Ed Standards
Can you imagine Washington DC and London as close neighbors occupying the same continent? Learners will be fascinated as they step back in time and discover the evolution of the earth's continents and oceans from 4.5 billion years ago to...
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Fossils and Lithologic Units

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Practicing paleontologists map the geologic time scale, simulate the formation of sedimentary rock, and analyze fossil data. Instructions for four activities and five assessment choices are provided for the teacher. This comprehensive...
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Evolution and the Fossil Record

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Engage young biologists with four laboratory activities that explore the fossil record. Learners examine fossil images, a fossil kit, the rock record, and geologic time scale. They even experiment with the oxygen production of an Elodea...
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Grades 9-12 Earth Science

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How has Earth changed over time? Pupils explore the topic in a differentiated instruction unit on the geological time scale. After a pre-assessment to gauge knowledge, class members divide into groups based on their ability levels and...
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Time: It’s Like, so Deep

For Students K - Higher Ed
Time can be relative but sometimes it is relevant. Large numbers are difficult for pupils to imagine ... and large time scale even more so. A video presentation from the Good Thinking PD series offers tips for teachers to give learners a...
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Following the Trail of Evidence

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
One important skill in analyzing scientific evidence is identifying facts versus opinions. Scholars identify pieces of evidence from the film The Day the Mesozoic Died and then discuss this evidence in small groups at the end of each act...
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The Impossible Hugeness of Deep Time

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Can we really grasp how old we are? Part of a larger series, the humorous video demonstration shows how humans fit into the history of Earth and just how long ago life formed. Viewers explore a timeline that identifies major markers in...
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For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Many pupils struggle to categorize and organize related content. Multiple quizzes on a variety of topics offer practice for these specific skills. Scholars move items around until they think each is placed in the proper position....
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Deep History of Life on Earth

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Take it all the way back! Young scientists discover the changes that took place from the time Earth became solid to present day through an interesting interactive. The resource guides users through key events that have shaped our world...
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How Long Will Human Impacts Last?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
If aliens visit Earth a million years from now, what will they find? Explore the Anthropocene epoch with a hard-hitting video. Viewers examine the changes humankind has made to the planet, how these overshadow events of the past, and...
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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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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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AP: Chapter 25: Phylogeny and Systematics

For Students 9th - 12th
As a review or note taking guide, this resource wraps up a unit on the tree of life. Biology bigwigs define phylogeny and answer questions about the subsequent classification of organisms. The worksheet takes a straightforward and...
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Warm Up: When Modern Human Behavior Appeared in Early Hominids

For Students 12th - Higher Ed
Upper graders or entry college level learners use the provided article links to answer three questions regarding early modern human behavior. They compose short essay responses that accommodate each part of the overarching question,...
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The History of Life on Earth

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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...
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Earth Science Lesson Plans on Geologic Time

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Springboard your fourth and fifth graders into the study geologic time. They will complete 7 activities to learn about geologic time and the topics most often associated with it: astronomy, creation, planet formation, volcanology,...
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Rocks and Minerals

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Take young geologists on an exploration of the collection of rocks and minerals that we call Earth with an upper-elementary science lesson. Through a series of class discussion and hands-on investigations, students learn about the three...
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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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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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How Was Coal Formed?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Geology can be a lot of fun. Learners review geology related vocabulary, make flashcards, use encyclopedias to answer questions, then explore the formation of coal. They identify dates and order them into key time frames of geologic...
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Geologic Age

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students investigate radioactivity as a tool for measuring geologic time and how geologists use this information to determine the absolute age of rocks or minerals.
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Geologic Time Using Inspiration

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders research about plants and animals that exist during the four geologic eras. In this earth science lesson plan, 8th graders create a graphic organizer using Inspiration. They develop symbols to represent plants, animals,...