Planet Earth *NEW PROGRAM*

by  Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Canada)

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Join us as we journey through time to discover the history of our planet. Students will work in teams to answer questions related to Earth’s composition, geologic activity, and rich fossil history.  This program is formatted to cover aspects of Alberta’s grade 7 curriculum, while challenging students to work collaboratively towards a better understanding of our planet’s past.

This is a game-based program so the students can compete against each other or work together as a super-team for a high score!

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Point to Point: $135.00
Point to Point Premium: $125.00


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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9

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Primary Disciplines

Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Canada)

Drumheller, Alberta

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is Canada's only museum dedicated to the science of palaeontology and to celebrating the history and spectacular diversity of life on Earth - from the tiniest grains of pollen to the mightiest dinosaur. Housing over 170,000 individual specimens, the Museum is internationally renowned for its palaeontological research, collection of extraordinary educational and scientific value, and dynamic galleries.
Through award-winning and innovative Distance Learning programs delivered from the Canadian Badlands, your students can connect to experts who will inspire them with creative, fun, and educational activities.

Live from our Distance Learning Studio we offer programs for schools, homeschool students, and public sites. We use Zoom software to connect, but are able to accommodate other platforms. We can connect to a single group or multiple connections at once. 

Initially launched in 2006, we have connected to over 130,000 participants in 4,700 programs to Canada, the United States, and around the world! We are proud to be a recipient of the CILC Pinnacle Award Hall of Fame!


Program Details


~45 minutes
In the classroom - students should be pre-divided into 4 teams
From home - if the students are joining from home they can be pre-assigned a team number or work together as a super-team for a high score

1. Introduction
2. Precambrian Super-Eon
a. Earth’s internal structure
b. First life
3. Game Play – Precambrian
a. questions may include topics like rock type, mineral properties, the age of our planet
4. Palaeozoic Era:
a. Plate tectonics and three plate boundaries
b. Convection and slab pull
c. Changes to the continents and life over this era
d. Geologic time scale
5. Game Play – Palaeozoic
a. Questions may include topics like rock folds, volcanism, plate boundaries, and fauna
6. Mesozoic Era
a. Types of fossilization
b. Animals of the Mesozoic
c. How scientists interpret the fossil record
d. Evidence for a supercontinent
e. Extinction of the dinosaurs
7. Game Play – Mesozoic
a. Questions may include topics like fossilization, law of superposition, mass extinctions,
fossil evidence, and supercontinent evidence
8. Cenozoic Era
a. Food webs and disruptions
b. Types of weathering (chemical, biological, and mechanical)
c. Erosion and Deposition
d. Formation of the Alberta badlands
9. Game Play – Cenozoic
a. Final question: weathering types


Participants will:
1. Identify the different layers of Earth’s internal structure
2. Review rock and minerals types and properties
3. Understand the driving force behind plate tectonics
4. Learn the three different plate boundary types
5. Understand how organisms change over time
6. Learn about geologic time and how it is divided (e.g., eras, periods, etc.)
7. Work as a team to answer questions related to geology and palaeontology
8. Discover how fossils form and the different types of fossilization
9. Understand how scientists interpret the fossil record
10. Explore how plants, animals, and associated food webs adapt to change
11. Learn about the three types of weathering
12. Review the importance of erosion and deposition

Standards Alignment

State Standards

Grade 6: Science – Evidence and Investigation, Trees and Forests
Grade 7: Science – Planet Earth, Interactions and Ecosystems
Grade 8: Science – Freshwater and Saltwater Systems
Grade 9: Science – Biological Diversity