This fossil activity will have your students collecting information about fossil layers on the first day and then using the fossils to place the layers in chronological order. I have typically used this lesson after I have introduced fossils and the principle of superposition. I have included a few ideas of what I use for those introduction activities for you in addition to the fossil activity. This fossil activity has really helped my students to better understand how relative dating and the principle of superposition can be used to place fossils in chronological order.
Supplies needed for this activity:
Scissors and glue or tape for students to use. Note- the more of these supplies that you have, the more efficiently students will be able to use their time. I usually try to have one scissors and one tape dispenser or glue stick for each pair of students if possible.
This lesson is designed to help students meet the following NGSS* standard:
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Students will need to have an understanding of the following:
For this activity, students will need to have a basic understanding of fossils, relative dating, and how fossils are arranged in layers. Students will need to have a very basic idea of how to use the principle of superposition and extinction to place fossils in chronological order.
Included in this product:
*Student Fossil Layer Activity Cards
*Student Notes Sheet
*Student Notes Sheet Key
*Student Layers Order Sheet
*Student Layers Order Sheet Key
*Student Final Layout Sheet
*Student Final Layout Sheet Key