Tennis Shoe Detectives

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
K 1 2 3 4
Organization:University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
Summary:This exercise encourages students to make observations, examine data, and form hypotheses. These are concrete skills that easily transfer to other science activities. Sets of class footprints are made using flour, ground chalk, or light soil and black or colored construction paper. Groups of students write a mystery story involving some of the tracks, and then draw a picture of the tracks and trails to illustrate their story.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 2
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.E
NGSS Performance Expectations:4-ESS2-1; K-ESS2-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Engaging in argument from evidence; Planning and carrying out investigations
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Systems and system models
Subjects: elementary school; fossil; geology; k-3; k-4; k-5 geosource
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