Fossil Record Activity Google Ready NGSS MS-LS4-1

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If you are teaching NGSS Performance Expectations LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity, this resource is perfect for you! Students first use their background knowledge and attempt to answer the following questions that are the NGSS standards reworded as questions:

1. What do you notice about the two mountainsides?

2. If you were to find fossils in every layer of those mountainsides, what kind of pattern would you observe? In other words, how would the type of organisms/fossils be different in the bottom layers compared to the top layers?

3. What is a fossil?

4. Cause and Effect: How do changes to the Earth’s environments over long periods of time affect how organisms change over time?

This is a great exercise in met-cognition for the last questions in the Evaluate section of the activity.

As a class, the two close reading documents are read and discussed.

Then students create a model of a hypothetical fossil dig and discuss what delicious treats they will bring in that will represent fossils and sedimentary layers.

Students build a fossil layer model that is edible. The model is of fossils and their placement in chronological order (e.g., through the location of the sedimentary layers in which they are found) known as the fossil record. They can do this in the classroom or at home for homework.

This activity documents the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of many life forms throughout the history of life on Earth.

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Students do the following:

1. Use background knowledge and attempt to answer 4 questions about fossils (15 minutes)

2. Do Part 1 and Part 2: Two videos with questions and Close Reading with a Google Form Assessment (30 minutes)

3. Draw a model of their edible fossil layer and write a story about it in Part 3. (40 minutes)

4. Watch a 33 minute video and answer guided questions. (40 minutes)

5. Build an edible fossil layer model at home or in the classroom

6. Correctly answer the original questions in Part 4. (20 minutes)

7. Take a 15 question assessment (20 minutes)

This product Includes the following:

-Student Handout

-Editable PowerPoint and Google Slideshow for classroom management, teacher pacing and student instructions

-Two Close Reading documents

-Keys

-Detailed Teacher Notes

-3 videos with guided questions

-2 Assessments

This resource has the following NGSS Standards:

NGSS Performance Expectations (PE):

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity- Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past. MS-LS4-1

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ides (DCI):

LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity –The collection of fossils and their placement in chronological order (e.g., through the location of the sedimentary layers in which they are found or through radioactive dating) is known as the fossil record. It documents the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of many life forms throughout the history of life on Earth. (MS-LS4-1)

NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts (CCC):

Patterns: Patterns can be used to identify cause and effect relationships. (MS-LS4-2). Graphs, charts, and images can be used to identify patterns in data. (MS-LS4-1), (MS-LS4-3)

Cause and Effect: Phenomena may have more than one cause, and some cause and effect relationships in systems can only be described using probability. (MS-LS4-4), (MS-LS4-5), (MS-LS4-6)

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices (SEP): Developing and Using Models: Develop and use a model to describe phenomena. (MS-LS3-1)

This resource has the following concepts:

Geologic Time

Law of Superposition

Absolute & Relative Dating

Fossils

Fossilization

Fossil Record

Index Fossils

Body Fossils

Trace Fossils

Sedimentary Layers

Unconformity Structure and Function

Patterns

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