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Dendrochronology: Tree Ring Dating

Kit #52

This activity provides a basic knowledge of the principle of tree ring dating by using simulated core samples. Students first determine the age of a “tree cut down in 2019” then extend their understanding of tree ring correlation by determining the age of a “tree cut down” decades ago.

Details at a Glance

  • 1 Day | 1 ~50 minute class period
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates unlimited classes, each with 12 groups of 2 students
  • All materials are non-consumable
  • Includes digital resources

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Dendrochronology: Tree-ring Dating

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Scientific Concepts

•Patterns can be used to identify cause and effect relationships.
•Science assumes that objects and events in natural systems occur in consistent patterns that are understandable through measurement and observation.
•Growth of organisms are limited by access to resources.
•Explanations of stability and change in natural or designed systems can be constructed by examining the changes over time.
Key Vocabulary: annual ring, bark, dendrochronology, pith, tree core

Guides & Student Sheets

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  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 12 Simulated "Tree Cores" Marked AA
  • 12 Simulated "Tree Cores" Marked XX
  • 28 Student Worksheets and Guides
  • 1 Teacher's Guide

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