Paleontologist Lesson Plan: fossils, Pangaea, and more!
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In this lesson students will work as paleontologists to answer the essential question:
What can fossils tell us about Earth's past?
The lesson begins with online career exploration resources to learn about a career as a paleontologist. Students then work to solve a Pangea puzzle, discovering the supercontinent of Pangea! After learning more about Pangea, students then use online resources to search for fossil evidence of Pangea, and add it to their puzzles. This activity supports NGSS MS-ESS2-3. Purchase includes:
1. 90 minute in-person lesson plan written in 5E format
2. access to corresponding online paleontologist career exploration resources including virtual job shadow youtube video, fun career focused activity, and downloadable career information sheet in English and Spanish
3. Paleontologist Worksheet Packet for students including career profile area, Pangea puzzle printout, Pangea questions, Pangea fossil evidence online resources, and exit ticket
4. rubric for grading exit tickets
5. Answer key for Pangea puzzle, evidence ideas, career profile, and Pangea questions (page 10)
This resource works best with in-person learning.
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