MS-ESS1-4 Index Fossils Lab Stations Activity | Printable & Digital

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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

Important Notes:

• Download the FREE SNAPs Setup Guide for best practices, signage and editable grading rubrics

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• Save $$ with the NGSS Science Lab Stations Bundle ($500 for 200+ labs)

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DIGITAL LABORATORY – DISTANCE LEARNING & DIGITAL CLASSROOMS

This lab is offered in a digital format to support digital classrooms & distance learning:

• The digital lab activity is designed to work with Google Slides and Microsoft PowerPoint

• The digital lab activity CANNOT be edited. However:

- Students can manipulate text boxes

- Students can create tables, graphs and diagrams

- Students can insert images and drawings

GOOGLE FORM ASSESSMENT STATION

• The assessment station is offered as a self-grading Google Form.

• Questions are all short answer and are 100% editable.

• Suggestions for use are included in the download.

DISTANCE LEARNING COMPATIBILITY

SNAPs lab activities are rated for their ease with distance – independent learning. Refer to the preview for more information about how well this laboratory works in a fully digital classroom and with distance learning.

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EDITABLE DOCUMENTS

Components of the lab are offered as editable .DOCX files:

• Pre-Lab and Post-Lab Activity

• The Lab Overview

• The Science Skills Station

• The Problem-Solving Station

• Directed Synthesis Project (when applicable)

Editable files allow you to:

• Edit the scope of the activities so to suit your students’ needs

• Edit the materials required based on resource availability

• Create single-period “mini-labs” using activities at the individual skills stations

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

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

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 - to meet the standard. This lab also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

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Standards

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NGSSMS-ESS1-4
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history. Emphasis is on how analyses of rock formations and the fossils they contain are used to establish relative ages of major events in Earth’s history. Examples of Earth’s major events could range from being very recent (such as the last Ice Age or the earliest fossils of homo sapiens) to very old (such as the formation of Earth or the earliest evidence of life). Examples can include the formation of mountain chains and ocean basins, the evolution or extinction of particular living organisms, or significant volcanic eruptions. Assessment does not include recalling the names of specific periods or epochs and events within them.

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