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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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.

Description and Teaching Materials

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

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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.