History of Life on Earth

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Introduce your class to Google Calendar with a collaborative learning project that asks groups to create and share a Google calendar that compresses the history of life on Earth into a single year. Groups research a geological era (Pre-cambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic) and record significant events and import images to the shared timeline.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Flip the lesson and have class members view the calendar tutorial out of class, saving class time for collaboration, research, and teacher guidance
  • The calendar assignment may be used in any subject
Classroom Considerations

  • Your school/district must sign up for Google Classroom; it is not available on an individual basis
  • Each class members must have an account
Pros

The six-page packet includes step-by-step directions for creating and sharing the calendar, illustrations and screenshots, a rubric, and links to tutorials and related materials

Cons

  • None