An introduction to ideas of the beginnings of life, evolution and mass extinctions.

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4.5 billion years is hard for anyone to imagine. Students will construct an in scale time line of geologic hisory from the formation of the planet to recent events.
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List of Geologic Periods, Eras, etc and major events to be marked on time scale for Lesson.
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Lesson 2: Unstable Dating

by Kimberly Handle

This lesson plan offers students a simplified explanation for different dating techniques used by scientists.
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Exploration of other radiometric dating techniques and a more in-depth look at half-lifes.
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Oxygen Isotope Flux Sheet

by Kimberly Handle

O2 isotope fluctuation table for use with lesson 3.
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Lesson 4: Funky Fossil

by Kimberly Handle

Students are introduced to fossils and are asked to prepare a report for a brief presentation on their specific fossil and time period of the fossil.
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This is a simple modified research rubric for research projects.
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Lesson 5: Tricky Traces

by Kimberly Handle

This lessons builds on the idea of fossils with an introduction to trace fossils and their importance to paleontology.
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This lesson introduces student to mass extinctions and includes a group project and presentation.
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Brief overview of the possible causes of the K-T extinction
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Late Devonian Extinct

by Kimberly Handle

Brief overview of possible causes for the Devonian mass extinction
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Ordovician Extinction

by Kimberly Handle

Brief overview of possible causes for Ordovician mass extinction
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Permian Extinction

by Kimberly Handle

Brief overview of possible causes for the Permian mass extinction
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This is a rubric covering the basics of what is expected in the group work and presentations on the mass extinctions presentations following lesson 6.
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