Curriculum Collections: Understanding Geologic Time

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8
Organization:American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Publication Date:2005
Summary:Students may be able to tell you how long ago dinosaurs lived, but it is difficult to conceptualize that enormous amount of time. The following activity will help students gain an understanding of geologic time.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 2
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; dinosaur; earth; earth science; fossil; geologic time; geoscience; history; lesson; middle school
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