Sequencing Time, What Came First

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
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K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
Summary:Telling the history of the earth requires placing events in sequence so that reference can be given to the relative and/or numerical time at which each event occurred. This helps to make sense out of the enormous expanse of time that has elapsed since the origin of the earth. This activity will help students to understand the methods used by geologists in creating the Geologic Time Scale. Students will place events in sequence and assign relative times to each event. They will also gain an understanding of relative and numerical time, as well as become familiar with the methods used by scientists to develop the Geologic Time Scale.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 2; Big Idea 6
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS1-4
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; elementary school; geologic time; high school; k-12; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; k-6; k-8; k-9; middle school
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