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Teaching and Learning Approaches

Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Dating the Past.

  • Fossil correlation – Student Activity

    In this activity, students date fossils from one site by matching them to fossils already dated somewhere else. They use real data from Mangahouanga, made famous by paleontologist Joan Wiffen.

  • Build a timescale – Student Activity

    In this activity, students develop a timescale for a person’s life. The techniques of relative and absolute dating are similar to those used in the construction of a geological timescale.

  • Big numbers in science – Student Activity

    In this activity, students investigate the use of big numbers, such as millions and billions, throughout the Science Learning Hub. They encounter ways to understand what these big numbers mean.

  • Which dating method? – Student Activity

    In this activity, students learn to recognise some of the different relative and absolute dating methods that are referred to throughout the Science Learning Hub website.