This awesome STEM unit is a perfect unit for middle school to get them engaged and learning hands on. This unit covers the different types of fossils and characteristics of fossils. It also covers geological time including major events in each time span and the difference between eon, era, and period. Finally this unit covers relative dating. There is a fun cooking STEM lab included which is a big hit among students. There is also task cards for relative dating where students use a bit.ly link to check their answers. Students also get the opportunity to create newspapers for various time spans and then read each others newspapers. Finally a fun fossil STEM where students create, research, and write!!! Best of all this package is both NGSS and CCSS aligned!!!
MS-LS4-1: Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms through the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.