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.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • understand how a timescale is constructed
  • understand the difference between relative and absolute dating
  • realise that timescale divisions are not of standard lengths like other scientific units of measurement
  • recognise stages of a person’s life.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • discussion questions
  • extension ideas.
    Published 18 May 2011