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Students will analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago. Students will identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils.
Students will be completely engaged with the rich science information and fun activities!
This integrated unit allows students to participate in critical thinking, read nonfiction passages, and engage in hands-on activities.
This resource includes directions for making a fossil replica using inexpensive materials such as a plastic bowl, modeling clay, sea shell and plaster of Paris (very inexpensive and can be purchased in any craft of home improvement store)
This resource addresses the disciplinary core ideas of Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity and Earth's Place in the Universe.
NGSS 3-LS4-1. Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.
NGSS 4-ESS1-1. Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
Also aligned with
Utah SEEd 4.1.3
Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the stability and change in organisms and environments from long ago. Examples of fossils and environments could include comparing a trilobite with a horseshoe crab, using a fossil footprint to determine the size of a dinosaur, and comparing a fossilized leaf to a modern leaf. Emphasize using the external structures of fossils to make inferences about ancient organisms.
Utah SEEd 4.1.4
Engage in Argument from evidence based on patterns in rock layers
and fossils found in those layers to support an explanation for how an environment has changed over me.
This resource is also aligned with CCSS for reading informational text and includes five pages of nonfiction passages.
This resource includes the nonfiction passages, response pages with text dependent questions, lesson plans, a hands-on activity to make a fossil, interactive notebook flaps, answer keys and a review game. Review game can be used as a science center or for fast finishers. Review game is self-checking.
Great reading passage with comprehension questions!
The following science concepts are addressed:
fossils as evidence of life long ago
types of fossils
true form fossils
how fossils are formed
sedimentary rock layers
changes in landscape over time
what we can learn from the fossil record
Science and Engineering Practices Used by Student Include:
Analyzing and interpreting data
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Reading Skills Include:
Reading Back In the Test
Supporting Claims With Evidence
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