Other terms used for this process include: Carbon dating, radiometric dating, and absolute dating. In this hands-on activity, your middle school or high school students will gain a greater understanding of how to calculate radioactive decay and half-life through the use of candy or pennies.
Popcorn Dating | Radiometric or Carbon Dating Activity
STUDENT ACTIVITY - Build a timescale -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.
Relative vs. Absolute Dating-Middle School Science
Students will read about the difference between absolute dating and relative dating and learn about the geologic time scale. Vocabulary: Geologic Time Scale Relative Dating, Law of Superposition, Absolute Dating, Index Fossils, Radioactive Decay, Half Life