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Museum Exhibit: Exploring Geological Time A PBL Unit

Museum Exhibit: Exploring Geological Time A PBL Unit

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What is in this unit?  

In this unit, designed for 9-12 year olds, students explore how to make a museum exhibit that shares information about geological time in an appealing way.


-Teaching outline 

-Student handouts

-Teaching and student materials to guide students in thinking about geological time.

You will also need access to information about geological time periods and plate tectonics. If you do not have these you can purchase them from me here. Geological time periods and plate tectonics

What is PBL?

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a type of learning where students learn skills and knowledge through carrying out a project. It is different to “doing a project” because PBL is like being the chef and bringing everything together and the usual project is like being a waiter, simply bringing knowledge to show someone.

Quality PBL has several key elements:

-Intellectual challenge

-Authentic learning through a sustained or long term inquiry



-Reflection and revision activities

-A public product is produced

-Student voice and choice

Traditionally a whole class does PBL together. These units have been made with a Montessori class in mind so can be undertaken by a portion of the class. Collaboration and discussion is a necessary part of this unit.

A teaching outline is given along with what activities the students will complete after the lesson.


19 pages (includes teaching sequence and student hand outs)


These PBL units are also available in the whole store bundle

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