Carbon Dating

How old is that fossil in the window? In this BrainPOP movie on carbon dating, Tim and Moby will teach you about how scientists use a radioactive isotope called carbon-14 to find out the answer! Learn about key terms like half-life, radioactive decay, and radiometric dating and what they all mean! You’ll also see how you can tell when a fossilized animal died by comparing the amount of carbon-14 that would have been in a living creature to the amount that’s left in the fossil. Carbon dating is cool!

Landform Detectives Lesson Plan: A Weathering and Erosion Game

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore and compare the processes of weathering and erosion through a digital lab and online game play. Students analyze how weathering and erosion affects Earth’s changing face and how it forms the soil that supports life on Earth. They also examine landforms and identify the processes that may have created them. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Science Fair Lesson Plan: Planning Projects with BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr.

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-12, students use BrainPOP and/or BrainPOP Jr. resources to learn about planning projects when they create a science fair exhibit.  They will select their topic, explore the criteria for planning, and design a compelling and realistic experiment based on their topic. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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