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  • 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 Referencing Hub articles
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