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History of the Earth
Exploring Life's Origins

Exploring Life's Origins

“Exploring Life’s Origins” is a learning tool with a draggable timeline. Start with the formation of the solar system and moon 4.5 billion years ago all the way to modern humans. Animations and illustrations were made by Janet Iwasa, a 2006-2008 NSF Discovery Corps Postdoctoral Fellow, in collaboration with Jack Szostak and his laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Current Science and Technology team at the Museum of Science. HTML.
The Age of Humans: Travel Through Deep Time With This Interactive Earth

The Age of Humans: Travel Through Deep Time With This Interactive Earth

“The Age of Humans: Travel Through Deep Time With This Interactive Earth” is a learning tool from the Smithsonian. Users can drag the red bar on the timeline to cycle through pictures and explanations of different periods of Earth and see how they differed. Each picture comes with a blurb about the conditions on Earth at that time.
 Deep Time: A History of the Earth - Interactive Infographic

Deep Time: A History of the Earth - Interactive Infographic

“Deep Time” is an interactive learning tool researched, calculated, designed, and built by Jamie Brightmore. This site presents the timeline of Earth in the shape of a clock, with different eons and events (and other things!) marked off on the clock. HTML.
Life Has a History

Life Has a History

“Life Has a History” is an interactive learning tool from UC Berkley in partnership with the National Science Foundation. Level One is designed for K-4, while Level 2 is designed for Grades 5 to 12. Users are asked questions about how life has changed through the millions of years that life has existed on Earth. Available on Mac/PC?
Palentology: The Big Dig

Palentology: The Big Dig

“Palentology: The Big Dig” is a collection of resources from the American Museum of Natural History, including interactive learning tools that educate children about why we look for fossils and what they can tell us about life millions of years ago. Flash required.
Understanding Geologic Time

Understanding Geologic Time

“Understanding Geologic Time” is a learning tool from University of California Museum of Paleontology. This tool aims to help students comprehend just how long the Earth has been around and how long it takes inbetween for major events to happen. I believe Flash is required.
Radioactive Dating Game

Radioactive Dating Game

“Radioactive Dating Game” is a learning tool from the PhET website that has tons of amazing science learning tools. In this game students. Learn about different types of radiometric dating, such as carbon dating. Understand how decay and half life work to enable radiometric dating to work. Java required.
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KEY CONCEPTS

The History of Planet Earth (ESS1.C)

  • The geologic time scale interpreted from layers of rock provides a way to organize Earth’s history. Analyses of rock strata and the fossil record provide only relative dates. (MS-ESS1-4)
  • Tectonic processes continually generate new ocean sea floor at ridges, and destroy old sea floor at trenches. (MS-ESS2-3)

Earth’s Materials and Systems

  • The earth’s systems interact over scales that range from microscopic to global in size, and the operate over fractions of a second to billions of years. These interactions have shaped the earth’s history  and will determine its future. (MS-ESS2-3)

Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions (ESS2.B)

  • Maps of ancient land and water patterns, based on investigations of rocks and fossils, make clear how Earth’s plates have moved great distances and collided, and spread apart.(MS-ESS2-3)

The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes (ESS2.C)

  • Water’s movement, both on the land and underground, cause weathering and erosion. The change the land’s surface features and create underground formations. (MS-ESS2-2)

About NGSS

Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.”

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Our team from Temple University has developed this resource for all K-12 students and teachers of science. These vetted learning tools align to the NGSS. Find one we should include? Just fill out the form.

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