Paleozoology Teacher Resources

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Activity Book: Discover Your Changing World With NOAA

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration present a collection of resources that introduce middle schoolers to the essential principles of climate change. The activity examines how solar energy moves wind and water, is...
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The Most Useful Fossils in the World

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
One of the most abundant fossils on earth confused paleontologists for more than one hundred years. Viewers learn about the mystery and discoveries related to conodonts in a video from PBS as part of its Eons series.
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How Do Fossils Form?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Fossils are fun with a function! But, why aren't they everywhere? Discover the unique conditions needed for fossil formation using an illustrated video. Junior paleontologists learn the differences between whole body and trace fossils,...
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Fossils and Evidence for Evolution

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What was the paleontologist's favorite album? The fossil record! Introduce the concept of fossils as evidence for evolution to your biology class with an inspiring video. The narrator of the Fuse School video from the Evolution playlist...
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Layers and Laws: The Law of Superposition and Index Fossils

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What can layers of rock teach us about the climate? Young scientists solve a mystery about who stole a cookie by applying the law of superposition. Then, they apply the same concept to solve a more difficult mystery, trying to determine...
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Fossil Find

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners investigate the practice of digging for fossils. They participate in a mock dig of fossils using real bones and other artifacts. Then students dig through sand in order to go through the simulation. Learners make observations...
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Fossil Fuels Summary

For Students 6th - 8th
As the title suggests, this is a simply summary of fossil fuels. There are no questions to answer or problems to solve, just notes about fossil fuels. The notes cover how fossil fuels are formed, how we extract it, what humans use it...
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Fossils

For Students 7th - 9th
For this earth science worksheet, learners use the clues given at the bottom of the sheet to solve the crossword puzzle on fossils. They identify specific names of fossils and how to make a mold of one.
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Fossil Sharks

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Sharks contain a cartilage skeleton, rather than bone, so they rarely appear in the fossil record. The video explains why we find shark teeth and how scientists use that tiny piece of information to learn about sharks. Then, it presents...
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Bending Fossils: Experiments In Paleontology (Harvard Adventures, Part 3)

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How can we bend a fossil? Junior paleontologists explore the joint movements of extinct species in Brain Scoop's Fossils and Geology series. The narrator works with a paleontology curator to show the experiments performed on the...
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The Fossilization Process

For Teachers 4th - 6th
After a one-page reading passage about fossilization, earth science explorers make Plaster of Paris molds and casts of objects of their choosing. This activity, although stated as grades 7-9, is really more appropriate for grades 4-6....
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Fossil-Fuelled Electricity - How it Works

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Thermal power is electricity generated by the burning of fossil fuels. Through a series of video clips and computer animations, youngsters learn about how coal is used to produce useful electricity. The website provides quizzes that are...
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You Ol’ Fossil

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Geologists are gneiss, tuff, and a little bit wacke. The fifth chapter of seven includes ten activities at four different levels. The hands-on activities cover fossils including how they are formed, vertebrates, invertebrates,...
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Hunting Invertebrate Fossils in the Classroom

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Students acquire a general knowledge of fossils and paleontology, the study of evidence of life in the past and identify the major invertebrate groups (phyla) commonly found in the fossil record.
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The Great Fossil Find - Reconstructing the Pieces

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students go on an imaginary fossil hunt. They follow a script read by the teacher, students "find" (remove from envelope) paper "fossils" of some unknown creature. They attempt to reconstruct fossil pieces into an animal.
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How Burning Fossil Fuels Leads to Climate Change

For Students 9th - 12th
Do our vehicles really contribute to global warming? In part five of an eight-video series, pupils learn the mechanisms by which car emissions turn into greenhouse gases. Through animation, the class sees how the natural greenhouse...
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Fossils

For Students 7th - 9th
In this fossil worksheet, students match six terms with their definitions about types of fossils and they circle the proper term to make nine statements true about preservation of fossils.
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When Humans Were Prey

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A quarry worker in southern Africa discovered the first fossil evidence that the human species originated on the continent less than 100 years ago! Evidence from the specimen indicates the first humans were not the hunters—but the prey....
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Climate Change: Earth's Giant Game of Tetris

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
In this colorful animation, our current problem with climate change is likened to a block-stacking game of Tetris. Greenhouse gases are increasing in the atmosphere at an increasing rate. Can we place them properly before it's too late?...
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Discovering Fossils

For Teachers K - 5th
Students explore fossils. In this fossils geology lesson, students use tools to reveal embedded "fossils" (made with plaster of Paris by the teacher-instructions included), then describe and illustrate their findings.
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Fossils

For Students 2nd - 4th
For this comprehension worksheet, students read a passage about fossils and answer multiple choice questions about it. Students complete 5 questions total.
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Fossils

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students reconstruct a bird or fish skeleton with simulated materials. In this fossils lesson plan, students make predictions about the animal based on the fossil.
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Tuatara All the Way Down: Face to Face with a Living Fossil!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Change is good ... unless you're a tuatara! Meet Earth's oldest surviving reptile species in a fun video from an extensive science playlist. Content includes why the tuatara did not evolve and its unique anatomy.
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The Great Snake Debate

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Snakes are just lizards without legs, right? Scholars study the sensational evolutionary history of the snake with a video from a well-written biology playlist. Topics include snake fossils, theories on snake evolution, and...

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