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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.
SNAPs lab activities have five components:
• Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
• Narrative Station to build science literacy
• Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
• Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
• Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning
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A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.
Studying Past Climate with Fossils Lab Learning Objectives
1. Use fossils as evidence to make inferences about the past climate of an area.
2. Sequence events relevant to the climate of an area based on the arrangement of rock layers and fossils found within those layers.
3. Relatively date rock layers and the fossils within them so to make predictions about the past climate of an area.
4. Evaluate and compare different forms of evidence that help scientists study the past climate of an area.
Science Skills Station
Students will make observations of fossils in rock strata of three different areas. Students will relatively sequence the rock layers, make observations about the type of fossils found in the rocks layers and make inferences about the past climate of the area.
Students will read a passage about using fossils in rock layers to make conclusions about the climate of an area in the past. Students will also watch two short videos about how scientists use fossils as evidence to understand the past climate of Antarctica and Africa.
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas about using fossils to make inferences about the past climate of a region. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.
Students will evaluate evidence provided by tree rings and ice cores in understanding the past climate of a region on Earth. Students will compare the use of tree rings and ice cores to fossils in making inferences about past climate and evaluate the reliability and specificity of the different forms of evidence.
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
This laboratory satisfies NGSS 4-ESS1-1. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - to meet the standard. This lab also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.
This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key
Additional Materials Required:
2 Computers or tablets
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