This is an assessment aimed at finding out whether the content that you are teaching is understood by your students. I typically use this 1/2 through my unit.
It supports the extended standard from the 6, 7, 8 grade band:
ESS 8.3 A combination of constructive and destructive geologic processes formed Earth's surface
a. Recognize how the geologic record can be used to determine the age of Earth.
b. Explain how fossils indicate Earth's history, environment changes and life and Earth
c. Identify a fossil