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Geologic Time for Elementary School - Chapter Summary
This series of earth science lessons offers an engaging look into the history of life on Earth, as well as the different periods, eras and epochs of the planet's history. Designed specifically for elementary-level students, these lessons break down essential geologic time terms and concepts in a way that's easy for young students to understand and remember. We've included short lesson quizzes to help you evaluate your students' understanding of the material, as well as a chapter exam.
- Timeline of the Mesozoic Era
- Facts and dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period
- The Triassic period
- History of life on the planet Earth
- Paleozoic era facts
- The Eocene, Paleocene, Holocene, Miocene, Oligocene and Pliocene epochs
- The Devonian period
Who It's For
Kids who need extra help learning about geologic time will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There's no faster or easier way to learn about geologic time periods, eras and epochs.
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding the history of the planet Earth
- Students who have learning disabilities or need a little extra help learning about geologic time periods
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about earth science (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient and convenient way to learn about geologic time
- Students who struggle to understand their earth science teachers
- Students who attend schools without earth science resources
How It Works
- Find lessons in the chapter that cover the geologic time topics your student needs to learn or review.
- Have your student read through the text lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts and highlighted vocab words to reinforce learning about geologic time.
- Test your student's understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify your student understands geologic time periods by completing the Geologic Time for Elementary School chapter exam.
1. Mesozoic Era Lesson for Kids: Facts & Timeline
Step back in time and visit life on Earth over 200 million years ago. What did the land look like? What life existed at that time? Let's take a closer look at the Mesozoic Era and find out.
2. Cretaceous Period Facts: Lesson for Kids
The Cretaceous Period was the last time dinosaurs were alive on earth. The first flowers, ants, and butterflies also appeared during this time. At the end of the Cretaceous Period, the dinosaurs died in the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction.
3. Dinosaurs of the Cretaceous Period: Lesson for Kids
In this lesson, you will learn what defines the Cretaceous Period, and about some of the exciting dinosaurs that lived during this time. We will learn about fierce carnivores and look at some of the giant herbivores that lived millions of years ago.
4. Triassic Period Facts: Lesson for Kids
The Triassic Period is a time in Earth's history that came with a lot of changes, most notably the rise of dinosaurs! However, that's not the only thrilling change that happened. Read on to learn about lots of exciting things from this time.
5. History of Life on Earth: Lesson for Kids
Humans have only inhabited the earth for about 200,000 years, which isn't long considering the earth is 4.6 billion years old. So, what did life look like before humans? What led to human survival? Read on to find out!
6. Paleozoic Era Facts: Lesson for Kids
The Paleozoic Era lasted about 300 million years and is credited with two major events in Earth's history, the Cambrian Explosion and Permian Extinction! Keep reading to learn what they were and other facts about this period.
7. Eocene Epoch Facts: Lesson for Kids
The Eocene Epoch is best known for the diversification of mammals that occurred. Many of the mammals we know today can be traced back to this period through fossils. Which ones? Well, keep reading to find out!
8. Paleocene Epoch: Lesson for Kids
The Paleocene Epoch opens and closes with major events in Earth's history and was a great time for the evolution and diversification of mammals. Something very important also happened to dinosaurs in this time. Let's learn all about it!
9. Holocene Epoch: Lesson for Kids
The Holocene Epoch ranges from about 12,000 years ago to present day. It is most known for the expansion and diversification of humans, but have we possibly had a negative impact on Earth? Let's find out!
10. Miocene Epoch: Lesson for Kids
The Miocene Epoch lasted about 18 million years and saw great diversity of plants and animals, both on land and in the sea, including the apes that humans came from! Let's learn all about it.
11. Oligocene Epoch: Lesson for Kids
The Oligocene Epoch is often considered a transitional epoch, as many prehistoric life forms went extinct and led the way for modern life to evolve in the epochs that followed. Let's learn more about it!
12. Pliocene Epoch Facts: Lesson for Kids
Learn about how continents moved around during the Pliocene Epoch, starting more than 5 million years ago. The moving continents made new mountain ranges and changed the way plants and animals lived on Earth. Some animals did well, but others died off.
13. Devonian Period: Lesson for Kids
The Devonian Period lasted about 60 million years and is often called the Age of Fishes. To learn why, and many more facts about this period, keep reading!
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- Climate for Elementary School
- Overview of Geology for Elementary School
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- Types of Weather for Elementary School
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- Bodies of Water for Elementary School
- Islands for Elementary School
- Lakes for Elementary School
- Landmarks for Elementary School
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