Geologic Time Scale Analogy

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Link to Resource: http://www.earthsciweek.org/classroom-activities/geologic-time-scale-analogy
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); Journal of Geological Education
Summary:"Unraveling time and the Earth's biologic history are arguably geology's most important contributions to humanity. Yet it is very difficult for humans to appreciate time beyond that of one or two generations, much less hundreds, thousands, millions and billions of years. Perhaps we can only hope that students catch glimpses of our rich geologic heritage, particularly when most of our teaching is done in a classroom and not in a field setting. This exercise begins to make time more """"three dimensional"""" and most importantly, students gain a better appreciation for geologic time and our Earth's history. This activity introduces students to the vastness of geologic time and the concept of scale."
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; 9-12; earth science week; geologic time; geology; high school; middle school
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