Science Classroom Teacher Resources
The History of Life
- “ Whose on First? Relative Dating ” introduces relative dating.
- “ Determining Age of Rocks and Fossils ” explores radioactive dating techniques.
- Try this “ History of Life ” online matching game.
- “The Mystery of the Far-Flung Fossils” is a very good kit for investigating plate tectonics as the grounds for the similarity of fossils on the continents. The kit can be ordered here and from most science catalogues. I recommend that the continents be laminated before use.
- The “ Becoming Human ” website has a documentary along with several classroom activities. Tom Wanamaker of the NSTA Listserve contributed this worksheet ( doc ), “Becoming Human Questions,” to go with the website.
- Have students do this “The History of Life” ( doc ) crossword puzzle.
- Teacher’s Domain’s “ Deep Time ” lesson (You must register for free to access.) includes a Flash interactive segment, html reading, and “Live-Action Student Timeline” activity.
- Watch the “ Radiometric Dating ” video and answers the questions in this Teacher’ Domain lesson.
- Check out this PowerPoint presentation, “ Teacher’s Guide to: Fossils ,” that has been converted to a YouTube video.
- Try this”How can you simulate radioactive half-life?” lab ( doc ) .
- This “ Examining the Fossil Record ” lab uses pictures of imaginary fossils.
- Try the “Re-creation of Pasteur’s Experiment” ( doc ) .
- A PBS “Human Evolution” Shockwave activity: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/tryit/evolution/#
- Explore this PBS geologic timeline: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/change/deeptime/index.html
- “Life Has History” modules sponsored by the NSF: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explorations/tours/. . .
- “Fossils, Rocks, and Time” by USGS : h ttp://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/fossils/
- Geologic timeline from S mithsonian : http://paleobiology.si.edu/geotime/main/
- Glencoe Section Launcer video on spontaneous generation: http://www.glencoe.com/sec/science/biology/bio2000/. . .
- NOVA’s “A Brief History of Life” interactive timeline: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/evolution/brief-history-life.html
- How did life begin? http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/evolution/how-did-life-begin.html
- Spontaneous Generation and the Origin of Life: http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/abioprob/spontaneous-generation.html
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Unit 27: History of life on Earth
About this unit, formation of earth and early life.
- Earth formation (Opens a modal)
- Beginnings of life (Opens a modal)
- Origins of life (Opens a modal)
- Hypotheses about the origins of life (Opens a modal)
- The RNA origin of life (Opens a modal)
- RNA world (Opens a modal)
The diversification of life
- Ozone layer and eukaryotes show up in the Proterozoic eon (Opens a modal)
- First living things on land clarification (Opens a modal)
- Biodiversity flourishes in Phanerozoic eon (Opens a modal)
- Human evolution overview (Opens a modal)
- Chronometric revolution (Opens a modal)
- Carbon 14 dating 1 (Opens a modal)
- Carbon 14 dating 2 (Opens a modal)
- Potassium-argon (K-Ar) dating (Opens a modal)
- K-Ar dating calculation (Opens a modal)
- Atomic number, atomic mass, and isotopes (Opens a modal)
Origin of Life Worksheet // History of Life & Evolution // Biology
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Explorations Through Time - Life Has a History
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1. How many different species of living things exist today? ___________________ 2. Which group of animals has the largest number of species? _______________________ 3. How many mammal species exist today? ______________
4. Number the organisms from 1 (most abundant) to 8 (least abundant) ____ Mammals ____ Molluscs___ Roundworms ____ Arthropods ____ Flatworms
5. What is biodiversity (click on the purple links for definitions): _______________________________
6. 470 Million Years Ago (click circle for a "closer look" at the period) What was the name of the period? ________________________ What was the dominant predator? ____________________________ What was the first arthropod? ________________________
7. 160 Million Years Ago What was the name of the period? _____________________________ What large marine reptile existed? _____________________________
8. How old is the earth? _______________________ 9. Fill in the blanks of the timeline
10. The best source of evidence for determining events in earth's history is ______________ 11. What is a paleontologist? __________________________
12. Identify three fossils from the image. Name them and point to them with an arrow
13. What features are found in therapods? _____________________________________ 14. What is a cladogram? ________________________________________ 15. What is divergence? _____________________________________
16. To which animal are the crane and eagle most closely related? _______________________ 17. What other data (besides physical features) do scientists use to find if organisms are related? List 3 things. _______________________________________ 18. What birds on the Galapagos islands were adapted to different regions? ________________ 19. The beaks of the birds vary with what? ___________________________________ 20. What would happen if the environment changed and only plants with larger, harder seeds survived.How do you think that might affect the population of Geospiza fortis finches? _____________________________________ 21. What is geographic isolation? _____________________________________________ 22. Identify the extinct creature. _________________________________________ 23. Name two animals that have gone extinct since humans have been present? ________________________
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In it’s young age, scientists believe that Earth was a made of what?
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What was Earth's early atmosphere like?
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The same way it is now.
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What is relative dating?
Determines age of rocks by comparing
them to rocks in other sediment layers.
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What is radiometric dating?
Radiating your partner till they give you answers.
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What is the Theory of Biogenesis ?
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What is the primordial soup hypothesis?
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Suggest that life began in a water body because of a combination of chemicals from the atmosphere and some form of energy to lipids, which would then evolve into all the species.
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Life Story Of A Fossil
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