Radioactive dating lesson plan

03-Dec-2017 17:12

This lesson is geared to help take the "mystery" out of scientific dating of rocks and fossils.

Engagement Have students work in groups of 2-3 per group.

These are videos showing me explaining the answers to the questions for example b and example c.

Determining the Age of Rocks and Fossils, University of California, Berkeley.

This lesson is designed to introduce the concepts of nuclear decay, the main types of nuclear emissions (alpha, beta, gamma), what is half-life, with a follow-through on how this pertains to: 1) nuclear waste or 2) examples of age dating of materials and resources.

The student activity involves the use of differently colored beans representing two different nuclear identities: the start material and the decay product.

The activity is supported by a geiger counter demo and short powerpoint .

For this section of the lesson students are working on their homework.

Radiometric Dating and the Geologic Time Scale, The Talk Origins Archive. Provides brief overview of (1) relative dating and stratigraphic methods, (2) absolute dating and radiometric dating, including a table with parent to daughter isotopes and half lives of those isotopes commonly used in radiometric dating, (3) paleomagnetics and (4) geologic time. Includes tables of common radioactive parent isotopes and their stable daughter products, and half lives of common radioactive isotopes.

This group is dedicated to providing information about the scientific method as it concerns the idea of evolution in the Creation/Evolution debate.

After a minute or two I start to do the problem on the board for those students who are stuck.

I make sure to help them with setting up a table, filling in the information that they have and use that to find what they want.

For this section of the lesson students are working on their homework.Radiometric Dating and the Geologic Time Scale, The Talk Origins Archive. Provides brief overview of (1) relative dating and stratigraphic methods, (2) absolute dating and radiometric dating, including a table with parent to daughter isotopes and half lives of those isotopes commonly used in radiometric dating, (3) paleomagnetics and (4) geologic time. Includes tables of common radioactive parent isotopes and their stable daughter products, and half lives of common radioactive isotopes. This group is dedicated to providing information about the scientific method as it concerns the idea of evolution in the Creation/Evolution debate. After a minute or two I start to do the problem on the board for those students who are stuck.I make sure to help them with setting up a table, filling in the information that they have and use that to find what they want.Read the passage in this science printable to learn about the history of radioactive dating and its uses.