Make Your Own Paper Fossils

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:United States Department of the Interior (DOI); United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Publication Date:1994
Summary:This report illustrates how two organisms, a trilobite and a nautiloid, became fossils. The report is intended to help students and others visualize the size and shape of a trilobite and a nautiloid, the environment in which they lived, and the circumstances of their fossilization and subsequent discovery. By studying the animations and paper models, students will come to understand why fossils are important in interpreting the Earth's history. Included are templates for making the paper models and instructions for their assembly.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 2
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.C; LS4.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:3-LS4-1; 4-ESS1-1; HS-ESS1-5; MS-ESS1-4; MS-LS4-1; MS-LS4-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; department of the interior; dinosaur; doi; elementary school; fossil; geoscience; high school; history; k-5; k-5 geosource; middle school; model; oceans; paleontology; usgs
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