Fossils Tell a Bigger Story

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW)
Publication Date:2018
Summary:What fossils — evidence of past plant or animal life — can be found in your region, state, city, or neighborhood? You can find out by visiting the websites of organizations like the National Park Service, your state geological survey, and the Paleobiology Database. As a class, discuss how the fossils can be used as evidence to support conclusions about what the environment of your area was like when those organisms lived. In what ways has the area you are mapping changed? In what ways has it remained stable? How might the geologic maps of your area for those times look different than they do today?
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 2
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.C
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Developing and using models; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns; Stability and change
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; activities; agi; earth science week; fossil; high school; mapping; middle school; paleontology
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