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Relative Dating and Laws of Stratigraphy
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Relative Dating and Laws of Stratigraphy

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Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Activity
Standards Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards
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SWBAT date give the relative age of a rock layer or fossil. 

Students read an article how trilobites were able to survive on Earth for 250 million years. Students then do a lab that demonstrates how to use Steno's laws for relative dating. 

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Lab_Relative_Dating_and_Laws_of_Stratigraphy.pdf

Activity
February 13, 2020
103.9 KB
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60 Seconds with a Scientist - Brenda Hunda, paleontologist
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Standards

Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.
Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.

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