Fossils Close Reading and Hands-on Unit NGSS 3-LS4-1 and 4-ESS1-1

Fossils Close Reading and Hands-on Unit NGSS 3-LS4-1 and 4-ESS1-1
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Common Core Standards
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41 MB|37 pages
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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.

Standards Addressed:

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. 

This resource is also aligned with CCSS for reading informational text and includes 5 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
trace fossils
mold fossils
cast fossils
how fossils are formed
sedimentary rock layers
changes in landscape over time
what we can learn from the fossil record
fossil evidence

Science and Engineering Practices Used by Student Include:

Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Reading Skills Include:
Main Idea
Reading Back In the Test
Supporting Claims With Evidence
Author's Purpose

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This resource is also available in 3rd Grade Complete Life Science Unit

Please see my other great resources:

Third Grade Close Read and Lab: Why do some animals live in groups? 3-LS2-1

Desert Habitat Close Read With Interactive Notebook Flaps

CLOSE Reading Why Do leaves Change Color In the Fall

Total Pages
37 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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