Layer Cake Geology
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- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
- Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
- Completeness of the ActivitySheet web page
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This page first made public: Jun 4, 2009
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
Fossil formation (in sedimentary rocks)
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
-When deposited, younger (more recent) sedimentary rock layers sit on top of older rock layers (Law of Superposition).
-Sedimentary rock layers and time can be correlated.
-Relative ages of rocks can be determined based on rock layer position.
-Relative ages of fossils within rock layers can be determined based on position.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment:Layer Cake Geology Activity (Acrobat (PDF) 128kB Jun3 09)
- Instructors Notes:
- Solution Set:Layer Cake Geology Worksheet Answer Key (Acrobat (PDF) 159kB Jun3 09)