Need a great way to teach the Utah Science Standard 4 while also incorporating fourth grade Language Arts and Art?
This Bundle is a great way to introduce fossils to your fourth graders in Utah! This bundle includes all the powerpoints and printables you need to supplement your Science Unit!
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- 3 Powerpoints (Introduction to Fossils and Types of Fossils, Fossils Teach Us About the Past, and Dinosaur Extinction Theories)
- Steps to Fossilization Cut/Glue Activity
- Types of Fossils Quiz
- Utah Changes Over Time Brochure Activity with Social Studies connection to Lake Bonneville
- Snapshot: Utah Then and Now Activity with Social Studies connection to Indian legend writing
- Dinosaur Extinction Theory Opinion Writing Paragraph activity
- 1 Fossil Unit Assessment
- Answer Keys provided for the Vocabulary Quiz and Assessment
Students will understand how fossils are formed, where they may be found in Utah, and how they can be used to make inferences.
Describe Utah fossils and explain how they were formed.
a Identify features of fossils that can be used to compare them to living organisms that are familiar (e.g., shape, size and structure of skeleton, patterns of leaves).
b Describe three ways fossils are formed in sedimentary rock (i.e., preserved organisms, mineral replacement of organisms, impressions or tracks).
c Research locations where fossils are found in Utah and construct a simple fossil map.
Explain how fossils can be used to make inferences about past life, climate, geology, and environments.
a Explain why fossils are usually found in sedimentary rock.
b Based on the fossils found in various locations, infer how Utah environments have changed over time (e.g., trilobite fossils indicate that Millard County was once covered by a large shallow ocean; dinosaur fossils and coal indicate that Emery and Uintah County were once tropical and swampy).
c Research information on two scientific explanations for the extinction of dinosaurs and other prehistoric organisms.
d Formulate questions that can be answered using information gathered on the extinction of dinosaurs