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Fields of Time
This outdoor exercise shows students the great expanse of time that has elapsed between the formation of Earth and the emergence of living creatures, particularly humans. The great length of the football field helps reinforce the idea of the vast amounts of time that have passed. Starting on one goal line, they will mark off distances representing the times of various events, rocks, fossils, or geologic eras. The teacher can calculate the distances needed, or students can do it themselves in the classroom. A table is provided to help convert distances in yards to time in millions of years, and links to additional information are included.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Field activity
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geologic time
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
All files associated with this page are copyrighted 1997-2005 by the Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-552
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Changes in earth and sky
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth's history
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Kentucky Geological Survey: Earth Science Education Network'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University of Kentucky
Kentucky Geological Survey
http://www.uky.edu/KGS/

Author: Dr Stephen Greb
Kentucky Geological Survey