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Fossil Lab demo VIDEO
The New and Improved Fossil Lab is here!
This activity includes:
Getting Started - read this first!
Fossil Lab Interactive (PDF) High quality
Fossil Lab Interactive (PDF) Good quality (smaller file size for emailing)
Fossil Lab Answer Sheet (PDF)
Index Fossils and Geologic Time Activity (PDF)
Answer keys (PDF)
The Fossil Lab is a 119 page hyperlinked PDF document that guides students through the investigation of 33 important index fossils. In addition to this, 24 pages of printable activities and answer keys are included in separate PDF documents. The activities include a 4 page Fossil Lab answer sheet and an 8 page Index Fossil activity with a 4 page Geologic Time Scale and fossil images to cut out and place on the timeline. See link to demo video above.
The Fossil Lab introduces the concept of fossilization and helps students understand the various ways in which fossils can form. The main focus of the lab is with index fossils and how they are useful in understanding the diversity of life on Earth and the environmental and physical changes that have taken place throughout Earth’s geologic past. The Fossil Lab also allows students to explore many interesting topics based on the latest research including the extinction of dinosaurs, comparison of dinosaurs to modern day birds, and the effects of continental drift on climate and natural habitats during the past 65 million years.
The Fossil Lab navigates like a web site with clickable links that move students through 24 stations filled with fossil images and leading questions. The images can be enlarged for detail and students can select links to resource pages where they can obtain information and clues. The information pages are just a click away for students to learn about fossils; what they are, how they formed and how they are useful.
The first 24 stations are contained in the PDF document and do not require an internet connection. Stations 25-28, however, link students to outside web sites and will require an internet connection and flash player.
The activity works well on any device that can read PDF documents with hyperlinks (Mac, PC, Chromebook, iPad*, etc). The document file size is small enough to be emailed to students or distributed with an LMS such as Blackboard, Moodle, Schoology, Google Classroom (Google Drive) or just passed around on a flash drive. Whatever method you choose, please be sure the file is only available to your students.
Although the interactive power of this activity depends on the use of a computer, it is possible to print out select pages from the PDF document and hang them at lab stations if computers are not available.
*Note: older FLASH content from the earlier version has been replaced with updated content. The older FLASH content has been archived and is still available in this download.
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