MS-ESS1-4 Index Fossils Lab Stations Activity

MS-ESS1-4 Index Fossils Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-ESS1-4. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Index Fossils Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Describe the features of an index fossil.
2. Identify the value of index fossils in studying Earth’s history.
3. Use index fossils to date the age of other fossils.
4. Use index fossils to correlate rock layers in different locations.

Science Skills Station
Students will use index fossils to date the age of other fossils in other layers of rock. Students will also use index fossils to correlate the oldest and youngest layers of rock from three different outcrops.

Narrative Station
At this station, students will read about the characteristics of index fossils and how index fossils are used to help explain Earth’s history. Students will also study rock strata and fossils within the strata. Students will identify the fossil(s) within in the strata that make a good index fossil(s).

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to index fossils. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
At this station, students will perform a problem-solving activity. Students will identify problems with using fossils that are not widely distributed and/or found across vast periods of time while trying to correlate rock layers in different locations. Students will also identify “problems” that led to differences in the order of rock strata at the different locations.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
Scissors
Glue sticks

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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Total Pages
34 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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