Teaching how to read the Geological History of NY State table can be tedious and boring – for you and the kiddos. NOT ANYMORE! Use this Bingo game to turn the lesson into a fun, interactive and engaging way to not only teach, but to also formatively assess how well students are using the table. I’ve found in my classes this game works WAY better than simply lecturing and giving students a worksheet. That being said, students will need some guidance before the game as to how to read the table.
The clues for the game includes events from all four event columns of the table (Life on Earth, Geological Events, Index Fossils and Positions of Earth’s Landmasses) and students must correctly match them with time interval the event correlates to on their bingo board. To give students practice with the different time intervals the various eons, epochs and periods are possible matches. The FIRST FOUR SLIDES are example slides to do as an entire class. These showcase the different types of time intervals AND events from the columns students may be less familiar with (Early Pre-Cambrian Earth Events, Index Fossils, Inferred Landmass Positions).
*Use this as an intro activity OR as an end of the year review game!