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This Starting Point exercise asks students to describe and interpret an image of folded strata at Dent De Morcles. There are several questions students must address with respect to the image. This Starting Point website includes suggestions for using this technique, as well as teaching notes, learning goals, and extensive additional resource links and references. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for field trip
Subject: Geologic time, Geology, Structural geology
 
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The Creation Science and Earth History website is an extensive collection of scientific journal articles dealing with many subjects within Earth history (particularly soils), and essays refuting creation science. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Biology, Geologic time, Geology, History and philosophy of science
 
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This website is part of the online version of the Miller Museum of Geology (Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario). The website includes exhibits on the origin of the Earth, of cells, the Ediacaran fauna, and other assemblages of Proterozoic animals. This is a useful site for images and information regarding the dawn of animal life on Earth. Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geologic time, Geology, Paleontology
 
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This website contains a set of slides that discuss the current state of understanding of the Precambrian evolution of life. Information includes rocks that support the evolutionary theories. Users can click from slide to slide or follow quick links to specific slides. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Presentation / Demo, Photograph
Subject: Biology, Geologic time, Paleontology
 
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This introductory online historical geology class teaches basic scientific principles like evolution and plate tectonics and reviews Earth history from the Precambrian to the present day. The course readings are online, as well as writable worksheets. The course also asks students to present their research findings as web pages. The course stresses the methods scientists use to determine the information ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Course
Subject: Geologic time, Geology, Paleontology
 
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This page describes a geologic timescale poster available for purchase. The site also contains an interesting essay: "A Galactic Orbit Model for Periodic Mass Extinction," discussing how clusters of impacts could cause periodic mass extinctions. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Tutorial, Visualization - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Climatology, Geologic time, Geology, Paleontology
 
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The Worldwide Museum of Natural History is an online natural history museum with galleries that focus on vertebrates, butterflies, minerals, and meteor impacts. This site contains a lot of useful information and nice images regarding the above subjects. Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Climatology, Geologic time, Geology, Paleontology
 
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In this activity, students write an essay on the history of scientific discoveries in the field of dinosaur paleontology. The essays are then evaluated via Calibrated Peer Review. On this Starting Point page, users can access information about the exercise's learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment ideas, references and topics covered. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Project
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geologic time, Paleontology
 
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This role-playing exercise casts students as scientific specialists, assigned to a group either supporting or opposing the cloning of dinosaurs. There are 4-6 specialists (or groups of specialists): geneticists, ecologists, etc., on each side. Each side researches for a couple of weeks and presents its argument in class (usually a single class period for each side), and other students can ask the ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation, Guide for instructor, Project
Subject: Biology, Geologic time, Paleontology, Policy issues
 
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In this activity, the authors use a series of games to help students identify and answer questions about fossils. The game grows more complex over time as the instructors add rules and phyla to identify. The game begins as a simple "spelling bee" type competition to identify fossil arthropods. Each week, a new phylum and more kinds of questions are added, along with game pieces like dice, trilobucks, ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Lab activity, Assessment / Evaluation, Guide for instructor, Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geologic time, Paleontology
 
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