Fossil Formation

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
3 4 5 6 7 8
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
Summary:"Have you ever seen a fossil? A fossil is any evidence of past life preserved in sediments or rocks. Do you think you could have dinosaur fossils in your family car’s gas tank? Did you ever hear that oil and natural gas are “fossil fuels”? Do you think oil and natural gas can be made from fossils? How long do you think it takes fossil fuel to form? In this activity, break and gummy candies substitute the rock and biological material needed to make fossils. By encasing the candies in between bread slices and adding pressure, in a few days the candies will have made impressions in the bread, leaving hints of candy fish """"fossils."""" A core sample can also be taken, giving students a chance to see how the bread """"rocks"""" reformed themselves over the biological material."
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 2
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:4-ESS3-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Developing and using models; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Structure and function
Subjects: 6-8; biomass; earth science week; elementary school; fossil; geologic time; geology; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; k-6; k-8; middle school; oil and gas; paleontology; rocks
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