Fossil Lab Invertebrates Interactive eLesson / Distance Learning

James Gonyo
Grade Levels
5th - 11th
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172 pages
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Complete HTML5 eLearning Lesson combined with traditional hands-on labs and activities!

Empower your students to direct their own learning with this complete, interactive eLearning lesson on Invertebrate Fossils. The new responsive design allows students to view the content on any device from desktop or notebook computers to tablets and mobile phones! The lesson includes reading passages combined with engaging video, images, and diagrams to help visual learners. Best of all are the frequent and engaging Interactive Learning Checks that provide students with immediate feedback as to whether they are understanding the concepts. But that’s not all … hands-on projects and lab activities along with an infographic activity provide the perfect blend of technology with traditional hands-on learning. To top it all off, the lesson concludes with a randomly generated, interactive assessment that is automatically scored to provide students and teachers with immediate feedback!

This INSTANT lesson is ready for your students in seconds; simply give them the link and password provided upon purchase so they can get started immediately. Then you can relax because you just bought yourself some time to set up the hands-on labs and activities and to print out the infographic pages. All handouts can be opened from within the lesson or downloaded as a pdf document. For teachers using Google Classroom, you can add the Quick Link and Password to your course to share with your students. Student handouts are also available as a Google doc so you can make a copy of each document to your Google Drive. You can then share them with your students to fill in digitally and return to you

See for yourself … try a quick online demo (on whatever device you happen to be using). This demo is a watermarked version of the actual eLesson so you have the opportunity to see exactly what you would be purchasing.


Types of Fossils:

Body Fossils vs Trace Fossils

Mold and Cast Fossils

Permineralized Fossils

Resin Fossils

Replacement Fossils

Index Fossils



How Fossils Form:

Unaltered Hard Parts





Trace Fossils

What Fossils Tell us

Law of Superposition

Principle of Faunal Succession

Relative Age of fossils

Bonus: 20 station Fossil Lab including Brachiopods, Cephalopods, Sponges, Coral, Ammonites, Trilobites, and more.


Geologic Time Scale and Index Fossil Activity

Fossil Infographic Activity

Fossil Lab - 20 station lab activity with student answer sheet

All Interactive eLessons are menu driven lessons that allow students to visit and revisit any part of the lesson as needed. Students have full control to navigate to any part of the lesson including the final assessment. Each lesson uses the following format:

INTRODUCTION - Provides an overview of the concepts in the lesson.

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK - This is where most of the lesson’s content is found.

EXPLORE - Hands-on labs or other activities that directly relate to the concepts in the lesson. Lab sheets can be downloaded for printing from within the lesson!

INVESTIGATE - Students assemble infographic pages to complete using the lesson as a resource. The completed infographic serves as a graphic representation of what was learned and can make a great addition to a student’s interactive notebook.

ELABORATE - Students expand their understanding of a key concept of the lesson. This topic focuses on further research, hands-on projects and / or lab activities. All handouts and directions can be dowloaded from within the lesson!

COMMUNICATE AND COLLABORATE - Communicating ideas and Collaboration are critical skills for students to develop. This topic provides students with options for choosing the method they will use to communicate what they have learned.

CHECK YOUR LEARNING - After completing the lesson and activities, it’s time for a quiz! The lesson includes a randomly generated, 10 question assessment that is automatically scored to provide immediate feedback.

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Total Pages
172 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
4 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions. Examples of data include similarities of rock and fossil types on different continents, the shapes of the continents (including continental shelves), and the locations of ocean structures (such as ridges, fracture zones, and trenches). Paleomagnetic anomalies in oceanic and continental crust are not assessed.
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales. Emphasis is on how processes change Earth’s surface at time and spatial scales that can be large (such as slow plate motions or the uplift of large mountain ranges) or small (such as rapid landslides or microscopic geochemical reactions), and how many geoscience processes (such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and meteor impacts) usually behave gradually but are punctuated by catastrophic events. Examples of geoscience processes include surface weathering and deposition by the movements of water, ice, and wind. Emphasis is on geoscience processes that shape local geographic features, where appropriate.
Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past. Emphasis is on finding patterns of changes in the level of complexity of anatomical structures in organisms and the chronological order of fossil appearance in the rock layers. Assessment does not include the names of individual species or geological eras in the fossil record.
Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships. Emphasis is on explanations of the evolutionary relationships among organisms in terms of similarity or differences of the gross appearance of anatomical structures.


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