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Students read text and view rich, authentic media as they learn about how fossils are evidence of life through time. The lesson pack contains 11 pages and was written for grade 3 students but is also appropriate for students in grades 2 and 4. This lesson typically takes 1 to 2 sessions to teach. The number of sessions depends on depth of study, completion of assessment, and amount of session time devoted to class discussion. This recommendation is based on an estimate of 30 minutes per lesson for grades K-2 and 40 minutes for grades 3-5. The content and media have been designed to encourage class discussion.
The high-interest rainforest theme is used to present NGSS-aligned life science content.
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The format allows for teacher-led lessons on a digital display as well as small group or individual use on computers. Students can use independently on iPads or computers for enrichment, reinforcement, or at science centers. Content is engaging and helps meet nonfiction literacy requirements.
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-- life on earth is always changing
-- how variation of traits occurs over time
-- life through time, as observed in fossils
-- fossils found in sinkholes
-- end-of-lesson activity
-- LS4.A Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
-- LS3.B Variation of Traits
-- LS4.B Natural Selection
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-- This same lesson content also appears in larger unit packs, and some media may also appear in Rainforest Journey media resources packs.
-- This lesson is excerpted from the Rainforest Journey K-5 digital life science program produced by a team of educators and media producers.
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