National Standards


  • "Whose on First? Relative Dating" introduces relative dating.
  • "Determining Age of Rocks and Fossils" explores radioactive dating techniques.
  • Try this "History of Life" online matching game.
  • Project for making a classroom "Geologic Time Scale."
  • "The Mystery of the Far-Flung Fossils" is a very good kit for investigating plate techtonics as the grounds for similarity of fossils on the continents.  The kit can be ordered here and from most science catalogues.  I recommend that the continents be laminated before use.
  • The "Beoming Human" website has a documentary along with several classroom activities.  Tom Wanamaker of the NSTA Listserve contributed this worksheet , "Becoming Human Questions,"  to go with the website.
  • Glencoe's "The Record of Life"  and "The Origin of Life"  worksheets.
  • Have students do this "The History of Life"  crossword puzzle.
  • Teacher's Domain's "Deep Time" lesson (You must register for free to access.) includes a Flash interactive segment, html reading, and "Live-Action Student Timeline" activity.
  • Watch the "Radiometric Dating" video and answers the questions in this Teacher' Domain lesson.
  • Check out this PowerPoint presentation, "Teacher's Guide to: Fossils," that has been converted to a YouTube video.
  • Try this"How can you simulate radioactive half-life?" lab .
  • This "Examining the Fossil Record" lab uses pictures of imaginary fossils.
  • Try the "Re-creation of Pasteur's Experiment" .
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