Geologic Time Scale Station Lab - Students will love you for providing them with a hands-on experience when learning about the geologic time scale of Earth.
The geological time scale station lab is a plug and play unit that is meant to accompany my FREE Kesler Science Station Lab Series
. Download that start-up guide to learn more about how to use it in the classroom.
In this unit the students will learn about how to recognize index fossils. They will also be able to compare and contrast methods of dating rocks, fossils and minerals including absolute and relative dating. They will also study the geologic time scale and learn about different eras.
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There are 8 total stations for the station lab (plus 2 signs for break stations if needed). Each station includes all of the signage, literature, resources, and task cards for the students to complete them independently or with a group.
Explore It! – This station will be a hands-on demo or experiment that allows the student to connect the information through the application of looking at index fossils on a model
Illustrate It! – This station allows the student to sketch or draw out the concept that they are learning. This allows for better recall and retention of new information.
Read It! – At this station students will find a short passage relevant to absolute and relative dating. There are two reading passages: an on-level version and a modified version.
Watch It! – Students will watch a short video at this station and answer questions relevant to their learning. This station can be setup with class computers/tablets, SMART board, or even a teachers computer.
Organize It! – The students will be using a manipulative to show their understanding of relative and absolute dating.
Write It! – At this station the students will be responding to 2-4 short answer prompts that will allow them to communicate their knowledge in complete sentences.
Research It! – This station will be a website that students will go to learn more information about the topic. Students will perform tasks and answer questions on their lab sheet. This station can be setup with class computers/tablets, SMART board, or even a teachers computer. If no computers are available you can double up one of the other stations and replace this module. Easy.
Assess It! – The students will demonstrate their knowledge of the geologic time scale using a series of task cards with more formal questions.
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