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Age of the Earth & Geologic Time Scale Complete Unit

Age of The Earth and Geologic Time ScaleAge of the Earth and Geologic Time Unit

 

Do you need a little help teaching your middle school science class about the age of the Earth and the geologic time scale? Students will also like Analyzing the Fossil Record.

 
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Flip Book Age of the Earth
 

Age of Earth Foldables

 
interactive notebooks age of the earth
 
 
This unit includes an informative 22-slide PowerPoint presentation on the methods scientists use to find Earth’s age.  This is how I start the unit.
 
 
slide show age of the Earth
 

 

Keep your students accountable with scaffolded notes that accompany the PowerPoint:
 
Age of the Earth Worksheet
Next, I challenge students with three pages of nonfiction text passages with comprehension questions:
 
 
Geologic time Worksheets

 

Worksheets Age of the Earth
 
 

Students will construct an explanation based on evidence from rock strata and the fossil record to explain the geologic time scale and age of the Earth. 

This unit is aligned with MS-ESS1-4. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history.

 

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Utah SEEd 7.2.6
7th grade
Make an argument from evidence for how the geologic time scale shows the age and history of Earth. Emphasize scientific evidence from rock strata, the fossil record, and the principles of relative dating such as superposition, uniformitarianism, and recognizing unconformities.

 
 
Worksheets Age of the Earth
 
 
 
Students will use mathematics and computational thinking to make a scaled-down timeline of the major events in Earth’s history… Along the same lines, students will enjoy learning about Pangea.
 
 
Worksheets Age of the Earth

The Age of the Earth and Geological Time Unit for Middle School

 
Geologic Time Line
 
 
…and they will construct scientific explanations on the age of the Earth:
 
 
Worksheets Age of the Earth
 
 
This complete unit ends with a two-page assessment in the format similar to the end of the year testing:
 
 
Quiz Age of the Earth
 
 
This resource also includes foldables that are perfect for your interactive science notebook:
 
 
 
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Vocabulary foldable
 
And a blank foldable if you want to use your own vocabulary words:
 
 
 
Vocabulary foldable
 
 
 
Answer keys are included for EVERYTHING!  

This resource has DOZENS of reviews on Teachers Pay Teachers and a PERFECT 5-star rating!  Check out a couple of reviews:

 

Love that you included a schedule and alignment of standards to resource. I also love the integration with the Reading Informational text standards.

-Kim S.

 
I used this for 7th grade and it was awesome. My students loved the activities. Aligns with standards.- Solo

 

Give yourself a little break while covering the geologic time scale.  

 

I’ve done the work for you!

The science topics addressed in this unit include:

  • Age of Earth
  • Stratigraphy
  • Relative Age
  • Absolute Age
  • Radioactive Dating
  • Law of Superposition
  • Principle of Cross-cutting relationships
  • Principle of Original Horizontality
  • Index Fossils
  • Isotopes and Half-life
  • Geologic Time Scale
  • Precambrian Time
  • Paleozoic Era
  • Mesozoic Era
  • Cenozoic Era
  • Major Events in Earth History

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My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
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2020-11-03T20:45:49-07:00

Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
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Tina S

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:05:39-06:00

Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!

 
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Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:07:52-06:00

Richard S

The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.

 
Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4

Sharon M

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

Sharon M

As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
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2020-11-03T20:44:55-07:00

Expedition Fourth

Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
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