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Relative Dating of Geologic Materials

This lesson contains original work by Steve Mattox of Grand Valley State University and published materials (AGI lab manual, Tarbuck and Lutgen text).

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This activity has benefited from input from a review and suggestion process as a part of an activity development workshop.

This activity has benefited from input from faculty educators beyond the author through a review and suggestion process as a part of an activity development workshop. Workshop participants were provided with a set of criteria against which they evaluated each others' activities. For information about the criteria used for this review, see http://serc.carleton.edu/teacherprep/workshops/workshop07/activityreview.html.


This page first made public: May 2, 2007

Summary

Students progress step by step to build a foundation for how geologists constructed the time scale.

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Learning Goals

Some critical thinking, data analysis, and synthesis of ideas are involve. Students record observations in writing and present data and conclusions to classmates.

Context for Use

Used with preservice teachers but also done with 4th graders in an urban district.

Teaching Notes and Tips

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Teaching Materials

Teaching relative Time Using a 5E Format (Microsoft Word 1.9MB Apr13 07)

Assessment

See the elaborate and evaluate portions of the lesson.

References and Resources

Contains some diagrams from published works. I did NOT seek permission to publish them.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology, Education
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity, Problem Set, Lab Activity
Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Ready for Use: Ready to Use

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