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Implementing A Constructivist Teaching Model For Conceptualizing Geologic Time

John Pecore
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Georgia State University and The Galloway School
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Summary

The activity fosters middle learning students critical thinking and allows for student generated essential questions to further their understanding of Earth's history and geologic time.

Context

Audience:

informal

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered:

This an introductory lesson to middle school students learning about Earth's history.

How the activity is situated in the course:

Goals

Content/concepts goals for this activity:

This activity teaches middle learning students about Earth's history and geologic time.

Geologic skills:

Students learn to read and use the geologic time scale.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity:

Students are asked to interpret information and make judgments.

Other skills goals for this activity:

Students write a paragraph.

Description of the activity/assignment

The activity fosters middle learning students critical thinking and allows for student generated essential questions to further their understanding of Earth's history and geologic time.

Evaluation

Students are given a picture and asked to apply their understanding of geologic time to determine the Era and Period of the scene. Students write a paragraph that explains their reasoning.

An assessment activity and scoring rubric is included in the presentation.

Logistics

Teachers provide students with clue cards and a blank geologic time scale.

Poster Presentation

IMPLEMENTING A CONSTRUCTIVIST TEACHING MODEL FOR CONCEPTUALIZING GEOLOGIC TIME (Acrobat (PDF) 419kB Jan2 06)

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