Our Geologic Time lesson plan introduces students to geologic time and helps them to comprehend the tremendous amount of time that has passed during the history of the Earth. The lesson includes the major eras along with the periods, as well as important events in each. During this lesson, students are asked to work with a partner to create a Geologic Pictorial Time Line using their own drawings or images taken from the Internet; they need to correctly identify and label each era, period, and epoch and, once completed, must share it with the class, utilizing their presentation skills. Students are also asked to answer comprehension questions about the content presented in this lesson, testing their understanding.
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define geologic time, identify eras and periods along with major events in each, and explain the length of geologic time relative to a shorter time-period.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10