Earth Science Chapter 10 Layered Assignments

A Trip Through Geologic Time

Alan Dewey
Wabasso High School 


1.  Interpret successive layers of sedimentary rocks and their fossils to infer relative ages of rock sequences, past geologic events, changes in environmental conditions, and the appearance and extinction of life forms.

2.  Use relative dating techniques to explain how the structures of the Earth and life on Earth have changed over short and long periods of time.

3.  Explain how rocks and fossils are dated.

4.  Understand the geologic time scale and Earth's history.

LAYER C- BASIC UNDERSTANDING- Choose a total of 75 pts from the assignments below. 

* indicates a required assignment.  Must be present in class to earn points for notes.


 Day 1- Fossils (Section 10.1)

____ 1. Make a poster showing the process by which fossils form (VS-5 pts).

____ 2. Pretend you are an animal.  Write a story about how you become a fossil after you die (VL-5 pts). 

 Days 2-3- The Relative Age of Rocks (Section 10.2) 

____ 3. *Complete Bedrock Correlation Lab (VS, BK-5 pts).

____ 4. *Complete “Finding Clues to Rock Layers” lab pg. 322 (LM-5 pts).

____ 5. Complete section 10.2 worksheet (VL-5 pts). 

____ 6. Write a summary of the law of superposition and how relative dating of fossils works (VL-5 pts). 

 Day 4- Radioactive Dating (Section 10.3)

____ 7. *Complete M&M’s lab (BK, VS, LM-5 pts).   

____ 8. Complete section 10.3 worksheet (VL-5 pts).

____ 9. Make a poster explaining half-life (VS-5 pts) 

 Day 5- The Geologic Time Scale and Early Earth (Sections 10.4-10.5)

____ 10. *Complete section 10.4 Discover activity (LM-5 pts).  

 Day 6- Lab/Work Day

____ 11. *Complete “As Time Goes By” lab pg. 346-347 (LM-5 pts). 

 Day 7- Eras of Earth’s History (Section 10.6)

____ 12 *Complete section 10.6 worksheet (VL-5 pts).

 Days 8-9 Layer C Work Days

____ 14. *Complete 5 ?’s review worksheet (VL-5 pts).

____ 15.   Listen to lecture and take notes each day (VL).  1    2    3    4    5

____ 16. Create a board game based on this unit (VS, IE-10 pts).

____ 18. Write a song or rap with 2-3 other people about the geologic time scale (MU, IE-10 pts). 

____ 19.   Make vocab flashcards or crossword for all relevant terms in the unit (VL-10 pts). 

____ 20. Complete EOC pg. 349-351 #1-4, 8, 12-14, 17-18, 22-25 (VL-10 pts).

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Days 10-11- Layer B lab.

Day 12- Layer A work day.


            -Important happenings/sights  -Pictures and illustrations


Using 2 sources, write a three paragraph paper no longer than one page to answer one question below.  The first paragraph should be an introduction.  The second paragraph should give facts and information about your question, including pros and cons if your question has them.  The third paragraph should give your opinion based on your research.  You should list your sources below. 

____ 3.    What are some common MN fossils and what do they tell us about MN’s geologic history?

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Total Grade:  _____ / 100 Parent/Guardian Signature (XC):  __________________________