Time factors of millions and billions of years is difficult even for adults to comprehend.
However, "relative" dating or time can be an easy concept for students to learn.
Materials: two sets of sequence cards in random order (set A: nonsense syllables; set B: sketches of fossils), pencil, paper Procedure Set A: 1) Spread the cards with the nonsense syllables on the table and determine the correct sequence of the eight cards by comparing letters that are common to individual cards and, therefore, overlap.
The first card in the sequence has "Card 1, Set A" in the lower left-hand corner and represents the bottom of the sequence.
*Earth and Space Science: Fossils provide important evidence of how life and environmental conditions have changed.
The complete "Paleontology and Dinosaurs" module takes approximately four weeks to teach. " activity is a 30-minute introduction to geologic time.
These major concepts are part of the Denver Earth Science Project's "Paleontology and Dinosaurs" module written for students in grades 7-10.
Teaching about Earth's history is a challenge for all teachers.Scientists also use direct evidence from observations of the rock layers themselves to help determine the relative age of rock layers.Specific rock formations are indicative of a particular type of environment existing when the rock was being formed.This would also mean that fossils found in the deepest layer of rocks in an area would represent the oldest forms of life in that particular rock formation.In reading earth history, these layers would be "read" from bottom to top or oldest to most recent.PALEONTOLOGY, AND in particular the study of dinosaurs, is an exciting topic to people of all ages.