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Geologic Time Resorts

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Summary

This is a capstone project in Historical Geology. Students are assigned a geologic time period, spend the term doing specific, defined research on that time period and then act as the director of media and marketing for an ecotourism company. As such they must create a brochure marketing their time period.

Learning Goals

Students must:

Context for Use

This project is used in a Historical Geology class of 24-26 students in grades 13-14. It is a multi-part term long project. It is assigned to students after completion of a laboratory exercise creating a scale model of the geologic time scale. This is an individual, term-long project.

Description and Teaching Materials

"You work at a major ecotourism company. Your job, as head of marketing, is to create a brochure of your time period from the point of view of it being the PERFECT vacation. Think "Jurassic Park" not Great Adventure. In lieu of payment you will be given points towards a grade in a 4 credit lab science course. These credits will be applied towards your next pay raise. The better your grade, the bigger your raise. "

Geologic Time Resorts Student Handout (Microsoft Word 45kB Jun20 10)

Teaching Notes and Tips

Assessment

Grading:
  1. Each completed assignment is worth up to 10 points. Therefore these assignments are worth 50 points (half) of the term project grade.
  2. The brochure is worth 25 points
  3. The PowerPoint presentation is worth 25 points
  4. Your questions will be used in the final exam.
Assignments: 10 each x 5 = 50 pts
Brochure: 35 pts
Presentation: 15 pts
Questions: 5 x 2pts each = 10 pts

References and Resources

http://paleobiology.si.edu/geotime/main/index.html
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/index.php
http://www.usgs.gov
http://www.geology.com

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