Geologic Time


Our Geologic Time lesson plan teaches students about geologic time and introduces them to the concept that the Earth has existed for much longer than they may have thought. Students also learn about different eras and how they are differentiated.

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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

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4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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A decent introduction, but needs some proofreading

I'm trying to give this 2 stars, but I don't see a change happening when I click the stars. *SHRUG* This is a good introduction to the structure of the Earth, but the crossword puzzle has an error. One needs to misspell Asthenosphere to fit it into the puzzle. Also, the statement about volcanoes is not 100% accurate. Most volcanic material does not come from the mantle, but is rather crust that has been heated and combined with seawater. (Including information about the role of seawater isn't necessary at this level.)

Jessica C.

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I recently discovered Clarendon Learning and the resources that they provide are excellent! I can't wait to incorporate the ideas into my teaching.