Fossils and Past Environments Digital Inquiry

Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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Description

How can we tell what Earth used to be like? Well, fossils can help! Students will explore how fossils found in sedimentary rock can help us learn what past environments may have been like.

Question: How do fossils helps us learn about Earth's past?

Objective: In this activity, students will work independently to gather evidence to explain how fossils help us learn about past organisms and their environments.

Suggested Unit: Fossils

Topics: fossils, ecosystems, sedimentary rock

Activity Information

This resource includes a PDF with a link to Google Slides files that you can copy and distribute to your students. It is compatible with Google Classroom. It is not intended to be used in printed format.

In this activity, students will work independently to collect information from multiple sources, write important notes from the sources that answer the question, and construct a response that includes evidence from their notes.

Video Tutorials

Teacher Tutorial: This video will show you how to assign Science Digital Inquiry assignments in Google Classroom.

Student Tutorial: Please share this video with students to learn how to use this resource on both a computer and mobile device.

Sources Included

1. Video about clues to Earth’s past at the Grand Canyon

2. Interactive map to explore the locations notable fossils have been found

3. Story with photos about a paleontologist’s exploration in Antarctica

4. Video about the top two layers of the Grand Canyon

5. Informational Text about the history of fossils in Wyoming

6. Interactive diagram of a trilobite

Student Pages Included (3 differentiated options)

• Collecting Information table

• Integrating Information page for written response

Differentiation

There are three different files included. The content is all the same but the student pages are scaffolded at 3 different levels to help individual students successfully accomplish the task. If a student is offered a scaffold that they do not need, then I recommend allowing them to complete the activity without it.

A: guided questions for note-taking and no scaffolding for written response

B: guided questions for note-taking and optional sentence stems for written response

C: guided questions for note-taking and fill in the blank with drag and drop terms for written response

Related Standards

TEKS 5.9D identify fossils as evidence of past living organisms and the nature of the environments at the time using models

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Product Information

1. This resource includes a PDF with a link to Google Slides files that you can copy and distribute to your students. It is compatible with Google Classroom. It is not intended to be used in printed format.

2. While this file is not editable, you can add information, remove pages, and change links.

3. Please purchase the correct number of user licenses. 1 teacher = 1 user license

4. This file is included in the Life Science Digital Inquiry Bundle and 5th Grade Science Bundle {Texas Edition}.

Total Pages
8 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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