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History of Life on Earth

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Cleopatra lived closer to the first moon landing than the building of the pyramids at Giza. If your pupils are struggling to understand the timeline of the 4.6-billion-year history of the Earth, a lesson about the Geologic Time Scale is here to help. Working in groups of four, middle schoolers collaborate on a Google calendar to reduce the Earth’s history to one year.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • A field trip to a natural history museum would fit perfectly into this lesson
  • Assign parts of the lesson as homework or computer lab activities
  • Encourage your class to create a paper timeline, either printed or handwritten, to reflect their project
Classroom Considerations
  • Everyone in your class needs a Google account
  • Requires individual access to computers
  • Time of lesson will depend on quality of research, Internet speed, and pupils' knowledge of how to research
  • Consider expanding the rubric or grading learners on their own work, rather than the group's work as a whole
  • Resource offers a visual representation of history
  • Familiarizes learners with technology
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