How old is that fossil in the window? In this BrainPOP movie on carbon dating, Tim and Moby will teach you about how scientists use a radioactive isotope called carbon-14 to find out the answer! Learn about key terms like half-life, radioactive decay, and radiometric dating and what they all mean! You’ll also see how you can tell when a fossilized animal died by comparing the amount of carbon-14 that would have been in a living creature to the amount that’s left in the fossil. Carbon dating is cool!
In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-12, students use BrainPOP and/or BrainPOP Jr. resources to learn about planning projects when they create a science fair exhibit. They will select their topic, explore the criteria for planning, and design a compelling and realistic experiment based on their topic. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards. See more »