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History of Earth

Total Unit Running Time: 30-40* minutes

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FIELD TRIP : Silver Lake Sand Dunes 

Running Time: 6:31 


Ride along in a Mac Wood’s dune scooter with VVR Host, Steve Grubbs, as he navigates through the sand dunes  of Lake Michigan’s western shoreline. In some of the only sand dunes open to vehicles in the US, students will  learn about sand formation and Aeolian processes as they cruise along and take in the sights at this spectacular  state park. For more information, visit https://www.michigan.org/hot-spots/silver-lake-sand-dunes and  https://macwoodsdunerides.com/

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Running Time: Self-paced* 

NGSS: LS3-1 

Hop into the VictoryVR time machine to check out what life has been like over Earth’s development. Students can use  the giant timepiece in front of them to select between six different periods of Earth’s history, starting from its earliest  formation as a planet to present day. Take special note of how much time on the clock that each era takes up.

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STORY 1 : Earth’s Surface 

Running Time: 7:29 


Topics Covered  

  • Relative dating vs. Radiometric dating 
  • Giant Impact Hypothesis 
  • Attributes of the geologic record
  • Constructive vs Destructive forces 
  • Lava flows and volcano types 

Assessment Answer Key  & Critical Thinking Skills

  1. D (BT5—synthesis) 
  2. D (BT2—comprehension)  
  3. B (BT2—comprehension)
  4. A (BT1—knowledge) 
  5. D (BT4—analysis)
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STORY 2 : Earth’s Processes 

Running Time: 8:02 


Topics Covered 

  • Plate tectonics 
  • Types of boundaries & crusts 
  • Appalachian vs Himalayan Mountains

Assessment Answer Key  & Critical Thinking Skills

  1. A (BT2—comprehension)
  2. A (BT1—knowledge) 
  3. D (BT5—synthesis) 
  4. C (BT2—comprehension)
  5. B (BT4—analysis)
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TEACHER DEMO: Crater Exploring With Wendy 

Running Time: 5:23 


Vocabulary: rift, polygenetic 

RELATED STEM CAREERS : Geologist, Miner, Topographer, Volcanologist

Assessment Answer Key  & Critical Thinking Skills  1. C (BT4—analysis) 

  1. A (BT3—application) 
  2. B (BT1—knowledge) 
  3. D (BT1—knowledge) 
  4. D (BT5—synthesis)


Science Standards: 

NGSS: HS-ESS1-6, HS-ESS2-1; TEKS: 112.36(c.3.E), 112.36 (c.4.A), 112.36(c.4.D), 112.36(c.7.A), 112.36(c.7.B), 112.36(c.7.C), 112.36(c.9.B),  112.36(c.10.A), 112.36(c.10.B), 112.36(c.10.C),112.36(c.10.D), 112.36(c.10.E), 112.36(c.11.A), 112.36(c.11.B), 112.36(c.11.D), 112.36(c.11.E),  112.37(c.8.A), 112.37(c.9.F); CPALMS: SC.912.E.6.1, SC.912.E.6.2, SC.912.E.6.3, SC.912.E.6.4, SC.912.E.6.6 SC.912.E.7.1, SC.912.L.17.20,  SC.912.N.1.3, SC.912.N.1.4, SC.912.N.1.6, SC.912.N.2.4, SC.912.N.3.1