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Tree Ring Dating Simulation—Student Activity Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: FB1608

Price: $12.75

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Tree Ring Dating Simulation Kit for biology and life science introduces dendrochronology, the study of past patterns of plant growth, with very involving samples of tree cores and more.

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At 4,723 years old, “Methuselah”—a bristle cone pine tree located in central California—is believed to be the oldest known living thing on Earth! How is the age of a tree determined? Introduce your students to dendrochronology, the study of past patterns of plant growth, with the very involving materials in this kit. Simulated tree core samples, coupled with climatic data, provides a real thought-provoking activity for your students as they determine the age of various trees. Once this dry lab is completed, examining real tree borings or tree cross-sections will become very enjoyable and productive for your students.

Masters for copying all the student materials are provided so that all of your students can complete this activity individually.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Tree ring dating simulation worksheets

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
MS-LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
HS-LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Stability and change
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-LS1-5. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.