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Product 12870

By: Bob Becker, Kirkwood H.S., Kirkwood, MO

Using the Carbon Dating Activity Super Value Puzzle, students find out how archeologists use radiocarbon dating to determine the age of artifacts. Students arrange a set of story and picture tiles in a logical sequence to form a storyboard.

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Find out how archeologists reconstruct the ancient history of the Earth using radiocarbon dating to determine the age of artifacts—everything from nutshells to parchment maps! Students “piece together” the process of carbon-14 dating by arranging a set of story and picture tiles in a logical sequence to form a narrated storyboard. How are carbon-14 atoms produced? Why does the C-14/C-12 ratio decrease when an organism dies? What are the equations for solving half-life problems related to radioactive decay? Use this creative puzzle activity to help students learn the basic principles and procedures involved in radiocarbon dating. Includes ten sets of laminated puzzle sheets, reproducible student handouts, detailed background information and comprehensive Teacher Notes. Puzzle pieces are reusable! Super Value Kit is complete for 10 student groups. All materials are reusable.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Asking questions and defining problems
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
HS-ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-2: Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
MS-ETS1-1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
MS-ETS1-3: Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
HS-PS1-2: Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.