Geologic Time - Post Cards from the Past

Geologic Time - Post Cards from the Past
Geologic Time - Post Cards from the Past
Geologic Time - Post Cards from the Past
Geologic Time - Post Cards from the Past
Geologic Time - Post Cards from the Past
Geologic Time - Post Cards from the Past
Geologic Time - Post Cards from the Past
Geologic Time - Post Cards from the Past
File Type

Zip

(10 MB)
Standards
NGSSMS-ESS2-2
NGSSMS-ESS2-3
NGSSMS-ESS1-4
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Get your students interested in geologic time with this week-long research project. Students will choose a state, research the exposed bedrock, animals and plants that were native to their state during those time periods, and describe major geologic events that took place there. They will wrap up the project by creating a postcard to showcase everything they learned.

What's included with your download:

  • Student research packet - in English and Spanish
  • Postcard template
  • Examples of completed student work
  • An Excel spreadsheet to help you help your students
  • A pacing guide
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NGSSMS-ESS2-2
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales. Emphasis is on how processes change Earth’s surface at time and spatial scales that can be large (such as slow plate motions or the uplift of large mountain ranges) or small (such as rapid landslides or microscopic geochemical reactions), and how many geoscience processes (such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and meteor impacts) usually behave gradually but are punctuated by catastrophic events. Examples of geoscience processes include surface weathering and deposition by the movements of water, ice, and wind. Emphasis is on geoscience processes that shape local geographic features, where appropriate.
NGSSMS-ESS2-3
Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions. Examples of data include similarities of rock and fossil types on different continents, the shapes of the continents (including continental shelves), and the locations of ocean structures (such as ridges, fracture zones, and trenches). Paleomagnetic anomalies in oceanic and continental crust are not assessed.
NGSSMS-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. Emphasis is on how analyses of rock formations and the fossils they contain are used to establish relative ages of major events in Earth’s history. Examples of Earth’s major events could range from being very recent (such as the last Ice Age or the earliest fossils of homo sapiens) to very old (such as the formation of Earth or the earliest evidence of life). Examples can include the formation of mountain chains and ocean basins, the evolution or extinction of particular living organisms, or significant volcanic eruptions. Assessment does not include recalling the names of specific periods or epochs and events within them.
Total Pages
N/A
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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