Science Scope and Sequence, History of Earth

Science Standard VI, Earth and Space Science

Lesson 610, History of Earth

Describing how the Earth was formed and development of life on Earth

Stating theories regarding the addition of water and atmospheric gases after the Earth’s formation

Defining lava, volcanoes, and atmosphere

Listing the theories about how the Earth was created

Identifying the “soup” theory and the “life from space” theory

Defining ultraviolet radiation, organic molecules, amino acids, prokaryotes, photosynthesis, blue-green algae, and eukaryotes

Listing the differences between prokaryotes and eukaryotes

Defining geology, geologic time, and eons

Identifying the two eons, Precambrian and Phanerozoic Geologic time scale including eras, periods, and epochs and showing humanity’s place in it

Studying the record of the origin of life on Earth and the resulting changes in the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere

Identifying the three eras: Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic

Identifying the periods of the Paleozoic era

Defining fossils, fossil record, and sediment

Identifying the impact of amphibians, trilobites, and reptiles

Defining extinction level event and Permo-Triassic Boundary and the K-T boundary

Defining the Mesozoic era, or the Age of Reptiles

Identifying the three periods of the Mesozoic period

Defining the Cenozoic era, or the Age of Animals

Identifying the epochs of the Cenozoic era

Understanding the Holocene Era, and human involvement within it

Defining radioactive dating, half-life, uranium, lead, carbon dating, and strata

Understanding the contributions of Bertram Boltwood and Arthur Holmes

Understanding the origins of names of periods, including the Cambrian and Cretaceous periods


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