This activity was written to show master in the connection of Texas Student Expectation 5.7A and 5.7D. The students will use a graphic of a sedimentary rock sample and tell the story of what that area's history might be. The sheet with the sedimentary rock graphic is made with 2 images per page so you can reduce the number of copies. I made this with the intention of using it in our interactive student notebooks but it is in Word format so you would be able to change it to meet the needs of your classroom. Student instructions are as follows:
For this activity you will be creating the story of your sedimentary rock sample.
1. In your notebook glue down the sedimentary rock samples.
2. Label the layers oldest to youngest. Be sure to include a key to identify which layer is which.
3. Choose at least 4 of the 9 fossils and put on in each layer except for the top layer uneven on the top. That layer is the surface of the earth now.
4. For each layer you need to tell what the environment was like at the time that layer was at the Earth’s surface.
5. You may include more than one fossil in a layer either using the extra ones provided for you or by drawing your own in. You just need to be sure the fossils being found in the same layer would make sense. (For example, you would not find a fossil of an ocean dwelling organism in the same layer as a desert dwelling organism). But, if you successfully justify the 2 fossils being found together it will be worth extra credit