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The Big Burp: Where's the Proof?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the evidence for prehistorically formed methane hydrates contributing to global warming. In this climate change lesson, students work in groups to research methane hydrates, global warming, The Cambrian Explosion, and...
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From the Cambrian Explosion to the Great Dying

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Life before the dinosaurs was pretty amazing—and very fragile! Discover what Earth was like for Cambrian creatures, from the smallest ocean-dwellers to the first land animals. A video from an extensive biology playlist explores how early...
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Origin of Life

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Twenty-seven slides will give your students a complete overview of the biological and chemical theories behind the development of life on Earth.  There are fabulous real life photos and labelled diagrams to give details about the first...
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The Methane Circus

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Step right up! An engaging research-centered activity, the third in a series of six, has young archaeologists study the amazing animals of the Cambrian explosion. Working in groups, they profile a breathtaking and odd creature and learn...
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A Quick Look at the History of Life on Earth Part 2 - The Phanerozoic Eon

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Three eras of the current Phanerozoic geological eon are broken down for your pupils. Biological features of the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras are listed, along with the possible causes of mass extinctions. Plenty of diagrams,...
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Origin of Life

For Teachers 9th - 10th
This sequence of slides presents information about the hypothesis of key events in the Origin of Life. The conditions on early earth are given and the process that would allow for living organisms to develop. The evidence will stimulate...
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The History of Life on Earth

For Teachers 7th - 12th
The first life on Earth developed in the oceans. As an introduction to ecology, the video starts with the formation of the earth. It follows with the Archaean and Proterozoic Eons including protobionts, prokaryotes, and eukaryotes. It...
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The Big Burp: Where's the Proof.

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the Cambrian explosion and Paleocene extinction events. In this climate change lesson, students read articles to link evidence they find to extinction and climate change.  Links to the articles are included in the lesson.
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The Other Explosion You Should Know About

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scientists replace incorrect ideas when new evidence appears, but what happens when scientists reject the new evidence? Learn the story of the Avalon explosion and the scientists who resisted the fossils proving it existed as one part of...
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What's the Big Deal?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who knew that a possible answer to Earth's energy resource problems was lurking deep beneath the ocean's surface? Part four of a six-part series introduces Earth Science pupils to methane hydrate, a waste product of methanogens. After...
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The History of Life on Earth

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Using meters as years, your class works together to map out the geologic time scale on a football field. Plenty of background information is included in this lesson plan as well as several resource links and a student worksheet. Your...
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Deep Time

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare geologic time periods to the calendar year. They set up a live-action student timeline in the classroom.
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Deep Time

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the geologic time scale and study the transformations that occurred in the Earth's history.  In this timeline lesson students create a live action timeline.
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The Big Burp:A Bad Day in the Paleocene

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students describe the overall events that occurred during the Paleocene extinction event as well as the processes that are believed to result in global warming after group research. They infer how a global warming event could have...
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Time and Earth History Socratic Questions

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students develop a sense of geologic ("deep") time and the ways in which Earth scientists construct the geologic time scale. They study he major events that shaped Earth, including the origin and evolution of its lithosphere, atmosphere,...
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What's the Big Deal?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils explore and define methane hydrates and describe ways that it can impact their own lives.  In this methane hydrate lesson students create a molecular model and research methane hydrate. 
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What's the Big Deal?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students define terms and describe where they are found and formed.  In this methane lesson plan students complete an activity and describe ways in which methane hydrates impact our lives. 
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Denver's Prehistoric Journey

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine fossils at a museum site. They observe the fossils, record their findings, and discuss them when they get back to class. They practice dating the fossils based on their findings.

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