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Stories in Rock
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Stories in Rock
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  • time icon Est. Time: 20-30 min20-30 min
  • language icon Language: English
  • phone icon Mobile/Tablet: Yes

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Topics Covered

  • The Search for Life
  • Radiometric Dating
  • Relative Age Dating
  • Fossils

Lesson Description

Travel back in geologic time to explore some of the major historical events of Earth in an attempt to understand the search for life among other planets in the universe. Explore the first chapter to gather the skills of reading the stories contained in the rock record of Earth.

Central Question: What does the rock record tell us about the search for life in the universe?

Instructional Objective: Construct an argument about the constraints and limitations regarding the search for life in the universe using evidence from Earth’s rock record.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcome #1: Explain how scientists piece together the story of life from the fossil record.

  • Learning Outcome #2: Construct an argument that explains the significance of the K-Pg boundary and the evidence contained in Hell Creek that demonstrates the significance of this boundary.

  • Learning Outcome #3: Construct an explanation for what evidence points to the existence of stromatolites in North Pole Dome, Australia and how they are significant in the story of life on Earth.

Prerequisites

  • Photosynthesis

  • Rock Cycle

  • Natural Selection

  • Adaptation

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Previous Versions

Version 0

Released April 2019 | Release Notes


  • First note

Topics Covered

  • The Search for Life
  • Radiometric Dating
  • Relative Age Dating
  • Fossils

Lesson Description

Travel back in geologic time to explore some of the major historical events of Earth in an attempt to understand the search for life among other planets in the universe. Explore the first chapter to gather the skills of reading the stories contained in the rock record of Earth.

Central Question: What does the rock record tell us about the search for life in the universe?

Instructional Objective: Construct an argument about the constraints and limitations regarding the search for life in the universe using evidence from Earth’s rock record.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcome #1: Explain how scientists piece together the story of life from the fossil record.

  • Learning Outcome #2: Construct an argument that explains the significance of the K-Pg boundary and the evidence contained in Hell Creek that demonstrates the significance of this boundary.

  • Learning Outcome #3: Construct an explanation for what evidence points to the existence of stromatolites in North Pole Dome, Australia and how they are significant in the story of life on Earth.

Prerequisites

  • Photosynthesis

  • Rock Cycle

  • Natural Selection

  • Adaptation

< Back to Lesson details

Previous Versions

Version 0

Released April 2019 | Release Notes


  • First note
  • time icon Est. Time: 20-30 min20-30 min
  • language icon Language: English
  • phone icon Mobile/Tablet: Yes

Lesson Resources

Alignment Documents

Lesson Version

Browser Support

Chrome Browser Icon

Chrome
69+

Firefox Browser Icon

Firefox
63+

Safari Browser Icon

Safari
10+