GEOLogic: The Big Five Mass Extinctions
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In this example, students are asked to match up the five largest mass extinction events with their relative dates, approximate duration, and severity (percentage of species that became extinct) based on clues given from various perspectives.
- To develop students' problem solving skills by requiring them to examine problems from multiple points of view
- To expose students to real geologic data and common concepts and units (rates, distance, time, etc.)
Context for Use
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
Guertin, 2000 . Using Logic Problems in Introductory-Level Geoscience Courses to Develop Critical Reasoning and Basic Quantitative Skills, Journal of Geoscience Education, 48(4), 423.
- In this paper, the author describes the development and implementation of GEOLogic problems as well as her reasoning for the focus on logic problems and problem solving.
Controlled Vocabulary Terms
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity
Special Interest: Quantitative
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level
Quantitative Skills: Problem Solving
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Earth System Topics: Time/Earth History
Topics: Time/Earth History