ENGAGING Geologic Time Scale - NYSSLS | NGSS Aligned Lesson with Answer Key (2024)

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Unlock the secrets of Earth's 4.6-billion-year history with our Geologic History Activity, meticulously aligned with the New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) for 8th grade. This comprehensive resource provides students with an engaging exploration of the geologic time scale, offering a deep dive into the layers of rock that chronicle the planet's past.

What's Included:

  • Engaging Passage: A captivating narrative that compares Earth's history to a well-organized library, making complex concepts accessible and relatable.
  • Thought-Provoking Questions: A series of questions designed to test comprehension and encourage critical thinking, based on the provided passage.
  • Comprehensive Answer Key: Detailed answers to all questions, ensuring ease of use for teachers and thorough understanding for students.
  • Geologic Time Scale: An essential tool for visualizing and understanding the sequence of major events in Earth's history.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the types of evidence scientists study within rock strata to piece together Earth's history.
  • Comprehend the importance of the geologic time scale in organizing Earth's events.
  • Identify significant periods, events, and eons in Earth's geologic history.

NYSSLS Standards Addressed:

  • MS-ESS1-4: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history.
  • MS-ESS2-2: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
  • MS-ESS2-3: Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of past plate motions.

Why This Resource?

  • Engaging Content: The narrative approach makes geologic history interesting and relatable for students.
  • Aligned with Standards: Ensures that teaching is relevant and meets educational requirements.
  • Level 4 PLD's Alignment: Fully aligns with Level 4 Performance Level Descriptors, ensuring that advanced students are challenged and engaged.
  • Easy to Use: With a comprehensive answer key, this resource is convenient for both teachers and students.

Help your students travel back in time and uncover the fascinating history written in the rocks beneath their feet. Perfect for classroom use, homework assignments, home teaching, or as a review sheet, this Geologic History Activity is an invaluable addition to any middle school science curriculum.

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Geologic Time Scale, Earth Science, NYSSLS, Middle School Science, Rock Strata, Fossils, Plate Tectonics, Continental Drift, Science Worksheets, Teaching Resources, 8th Grade Science, STEM Education

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NGSSMS-ESS1-4

Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history. Emphasis is on how analyses of rock formations and the fossils they contain are used to establish relative ages of major events in Earth’s history. Examples of Earth’s major events could range from being very recent (such as the last Ice Age or the earliest fossils of hom*o sapiens) to very old (such as the formation of Earth or the earliest evidence of life). Examples can include the formation of mountain chains and ocean basins, the evolution or extinction of particular living organisms, or significant volcanic eruptions. Assessment does not include recalling the names of specific periods or epochs and events within them.

NGSSMS-ESS2-3

Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions. Examples of data include similarities of rock and fossil types on different continents, the shapes of the continents (including continental shelves), and the locations of ocean structures (such as ridges, fracture zones, and trenches). Paleomagnetic anomalies in oceanic and continental crust are not assessed.

NGSSMS-ESS2-2

Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales. Emphasis is on how processes change Earth’s surface at time and spatial scales that can be large (such as slow plate motions or the uplift of large mountain ranges) or small (such as rapid landslides or microscopic geochemical reactions), and how many geoscience processes (such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and meteor impacts) usually behave gradually but are punctuated by catastrophic events. Examples of geoscience processes include surface weathering and deposition by the movements of water, ice, and wind. Emphasis is on geoscience processes that shape local geographic features, where appropriate.

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