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Earth History and Fossil Concepts

Initial perceptual naive misconceptions (any age)

Misconceptions (Explanations, Naive understanding, Misconceptions, or Perceptual responses)

Beginning (preschool - 7 years)

Concepts

Earth History

  1. The Earth changes.

Fossil

  1. Fossils are from long ago.

Intermediate (7 years - 11 years)

Concepts

Earth History

  1. The Earth has changed considerably over long periods of time.
  2. Plate tectonics is the movement of large slabs of Earth that floats on molten rock below it.
  3. Land formations - mountains, plateaus, river basins, deltas,
  4. Time is measured in 100,000's of years.

Fossil

  1. Fossils are created from living organisms.

Literate (11+)

Concepts

Earth History

  1. The Earth's processes we see today, include erosion, movement of lithospheric plates, and changes in atmospheric composition, are similar to those that occurred in the past.
  2. Earth history is also influenced by occasional catastrophes, such as the impact of an asteroid or comet.

Fossil

  1. Fossils provide important evidence of how life and environmental conditions have changed.

 

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