Old Earth Ministries Online Earth History Curriculum

 Presented by Old Earth Ministries (We Believe in an Old Earth...and God!)


Earth History - Curriculum Overview

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - Overview

Lesson 1: The Age of the Earth

Lesson 2: Geologic Time Scale

Lesson 3: Time Scale Divisions

Lesson 4: Geology Basics Review

Lesson 5: Plate Tectonics

Lesson 6: Fossils

Lesson 7: Trace Fossils



Chapter 2 - The Precambrian

Lesson 8: Proto-Earth and Hadeon Eon

Lesson 9: Archaen/Proterozoic Eon

Lesson 10: The Earth's Atmosphere

Lesson 11: Stromatolites

Lesson 12: Supercontinents

Lesson 13: Snowball Earth



Chapter 3 - The Cambrian Period

Lesson 14: Cambrian Overview

Lesson 15: Supercontinent Gondwana

Lesson 16: Lagerstätte / Burgess Shale

Lesson 17: The Cambrian Explosion Part 1

Lesson 18: The Cambrian Explosion Part 2

Lesson 19: The Cambrian Explosion Part 3

Lesson 20: Species In-Depth - Trilobites



Chapter 4 - The Ordovician Period

Lesson 21: Ordovician Overview

Lesson 22: Orogeny

Lesson 23: The Appalachians

Lesson 24: Bryozoa

Lesson 25:  Ordovician/Silurian Extinction



Chapter 5 - The Silurian Period

Lesson 26: Silurian Overview

Lesson 27: Graptolites

Lesson 28: Brachiopods

Lesson 29: Bivalves

Lesson 30: Corals



Chapter 6 - The Devonian Period

Lesson 31: Overview

Lesson 32: Late Devonian Extinction Event

Lesson 33: Fish

Lesson 34: Land Plants

Lessson 35: Species In-Depth - Ammonites



Chapter 7 - The Carboniferous Period

Lesson 36: Overview

Lesson 37: Coal

Lesson 38: Oil

Lesson 39: Synapsids



Chapter 8 - The Permian Period

Lesson 40: Permian Overview

Lesson 41: The Permian Extinction, Part 1

Lesson 42: The Permian Extinction, Part 2

Lesson 43: Species In-Depth, Dimetrodon



Chapter 9 - The Triassic Period

Lesson 44: Triassic Overview

Lesson 45: The Tethys Ocean

Lesson 46: Supercontinent Pangea

Lesson 47: Species In-Depth, Ichthyosaur

Lesson 48: Dinosaurs



Chapter 10 - The Jurassic Period

Lesson 49: Jurassic Overview

Lesson 50: The Morrison Formation

Lesson 51: Plesiosaurs

Lesson 52: Species In-Depth - Archaeopteryx



Chapter 11 - The Cretaceous Period

Lesson 53: Cretaceous Overview

Lesson 54: Geologic Features

Lesson 55: Dinosaur Extinction

Lesson 56: Species In-Depth - Deinonychus



Chapter 12 - The Paleogene Period

Lesson 57: Paleogene Overview

Lesson 58: Paleocene Epoch

Lesson 59: Eocene Epoch

Lesson 60: Oligocene Epoch

Lesson 61: The Green River Formation



Chapter 13 - The Neogene Period

Lesson 62: Neogene Overview

Lesson 63: Miocene Epoch

Lesson 64: Pliocene Epoch

Lesson 65: The Grand Canyon, Part 1

Lesson 66: The Grand Canyon, Part 2



Chapter 14 - The Quaternary Period

Lesson 67: Quaternary Overview

Lesson 68: Pleistocene Epoch

Lesson 69: Holocene Epoch

Lesson 70: Glaciation

Lesson 71: Yellowstone Supervolcano




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    Welcome to the Old Earth Ministries Online Earth History Curriculum (also known as "Historical Geology").  Most schools, including public, private, and homeschools, teach courses in world history, United States history, state history, and Biblical history, but they don't teach the history of the world before mankind.  This course details the basic scientific understanding of the earth's history, from its formation approximately four and a half billion years ago (Day One of God's creative timescale), until the creation of Adam, which represents the end of God's creative works.

    This curriculum presupposes that students are high school level, and have completed the online geology curriculum.  If you have not, you may still take this curriculum.  However, you may find yourself looking up many terms that were covered in the geology curriculum.  In addition to geology, it would be helpful if the student has already studied high school biology.

     This course should fulfill a semester credit for science for your homeschool student.    When used together with our Introduction to Geology Curriculum,  it should equal a full year of science.  As always, check your local laws to ensure this course meets your state's regulations.




     No registration is necessary.  I simply request that you send a courtesy email to the administrator email account, informing me that you are using the curriculum.


     Each lesson is designed to be a complete, web-based learning experience with pictures, and links for further learning. Each chapter consists of lessons designed to be completed in a day, although some are lenghty and could be divided in half.  At the end of each chapter, there is a Chapter Test, consisting of 15 questions.  These tests are currently being developed.  As of 22 August 2013, the first four tests are live.



      You may also elect to use the curriculum without the tests, or parents can create their own tests.


 A Note on Evolution

     A vast number of old earth creationists believe in evolution.  In theistic evolution, God used the evolutionary process to either allow, or guide, the development of life.  In other forms of old earth creationism, such as progressive creationism, God is believed to have created each species as a unique creation, which did not evolve from a previous species.  In the text of the curriculum, care has been taken to make the text suitable for both versions of old earth creationism.  However, many references to evolution and evolutionary processes remain in the text.  If this is a concern, please have a talk with your children about how they should treat these sections.


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Greg Neyman

Old Earth Ministries

The Fine Print


Legal Disclaimer - Old Earth Ministries makes no promises concerning the use of this material.  Because of differences in home school regulations from state to state, it is the responsibility of the home schooling parents to determine if it meets the standards for an elective in the state of residence where they reside.


Curriculum Sources:  Much of this curriculum has been copied and edited from Wikipedia.1  Why not just have the students read the Wikipedia page?  Two reasons.  First, Wikipedia contains much cross-linking to other Wikipedia articles.  For example, consider this sentence:


      "The first seed-bearing plants spread across dry land, forming huge forests."


      Students do not need to waste time reading an article to see what a seed bearing plant, or a forest is, as they are high schoolers and already know this.  Second, having several links within a sentence, which shows up as a different color, is not as pleasing to the eye.  By leaving in only links that may be useful, students can concentrate better on the subject at hand.

     The second reason for copying is so that minor tweaks to the text can be accomplished.  This is a Christian website, and we seek to present the story of how God created.  Therefore it was necessary to be able to edit the text to put in remarks that clarify the Christian perspective.

     To make the curriculum look cleaner, references have been removed.  Links are provided at the bottom of the lessons for anyone wishing to examine references on the original Wikipedia page.


1  Copyright issues.  Wikipedia pages are public-edited pages, and may be re-used on other websites.  Changes to the text in this curriculum were made to clarify the interpretation from a Christian perspective. Thus, all statements in the text that are religious in nature have been added.  Some duplicate material has been removed, and some material not relevant for a high school class was removed.  Images in the curriculum are either public domain, or they contain a link to the source to provide credit to the author of the image.