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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 Fuels and the Carbon Cycle

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Humans are quickly depleting Earth's fossil fuels and locating them is becoming increasingly difficult! Layered muffins are used for models as young geologists take core samples in order to determine the presence of oil. Consider first...
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Relative Dating-Telling Time Using Fossils

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students explore how to read fossil range charts. They develop an knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the fossil record. Students become familiar with the concepts index fossil and fossil range. Students use bar graphs to...
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How Old Is Illinois?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers use fossils found in rocks to determine the age of the strata between Rock Island and Chicago. Pupils pretend they are geologists. They must determine the age of all rock layers between the Mississippi River and Lake...
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Fossils Footprints Across Time

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students examine fossils to understand how they are formed and how they give information about geological history. In this fossil lesson, students research and write about fossils and make models of different fossil types.The PDF...
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The Strange Case of the Buzzsaw Jaws

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Shark teeth in Idaho, China, and Russia confused scientists for hundreds of years. A spiral of sharp teeth presented the first clue, but where would they even go on a shark? Learn more about the strange case in a video that is part of a...
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Fossils

For Students 7th - 9th
For 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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Fossils

For Students 7th - 12th
In this fossils learning exercise, learners review the different types of fossils including index and trace fossils. This learning exercise has 6 matching and 9 true or false questions.
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How Old Is Illinois?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use fossils found in rocks to determine the age of rock in Illinois. They use a chart to identify the fossils and then identify the periods of rock.
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Investigation 3 - Examining Your Fossil

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine the fossils they made previously. They examine the details of the fossil with a hand lens and come up with conclusions about the fossils. They record what they see and draw conclusions about the environment of the...
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Be a "Fossil Detective" an Effective Tool in Earth Science Education

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Young scholars examine the geological time scale: the Earth is ancient; time can be divided into periods based on its fossil content.
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Fossils

For Students 7th - 9th
In this fossil learning exercise, students answer eight questions about the types of fossils, the characteristics of each type of fossil and the information fossils give.
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Fossil Hunt

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars ask questions about the nature of science as they experience a 'Fossil Hunt'. They reconstruct a book that has been literally destroyed, just as the fossil record has been changed by billions of years of geological processes.
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Fossils: Part of the Picture

For Students 7th - 12th
In this fossils worksheet, students read how scientists use fossils to gather evidence about ancient animals and plants. Then students complete 2 short answer questions.
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Why All The Wiggling on the Way Up?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Some of the CO2 emitted by burning fossil fuels is removed from the atmosphere by natural sinks, such as the ocean. The fifth engaging lesson plan in the series of 21 examines the CO2 data from three very different locations. It then...
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The Mystery of Earth’s History

For Students 8th Standards
Every living creature can leave a fossil record, yet most fossils belong to extinct organisms rather than ones currently living. Scholars learn about dating rock layers, fossils, and the environment of the past. Pupils understand that...
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Crystals & Fossils

For Students 5th - 10th
In this earth science worksheet, students identify and locate vocabulary terms related to crystals and fossils. There are 32 words located in the puzzle.
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Fossil Evidence

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young scholars evaluate each other's fossil imprints and they try to identify the original object. They comprehend the importance of accuracy in identifying a fossil imprint. Students create an answer sheet that has space for the names...
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Meet the Dinosaurs

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Take your class of youngsters on a prehistoric adventure with this four-lesson series on dinosaurs. Accompanying the Meet the Dinosaurs books by Don Lessem, these lessons engage children in writing their own dinosaur books, making...
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Utah Archaeology

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students study past cultures of those who made areas of Utah their home by exploring the artifacts these cultures left behind. Students will explore different types of fossils and learn that fossils are evidences of past life.
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Bellwork April 12-16

For Students 7th - 9th
In this bellwork worksheet, students answer questions about the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras. They answer questions about fossils, half life, and radioactive material.
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Bellwork for Week 13

For Students 7th - 9th
In this bellwork learning exercise, students start the class answering questions about the water cycle, artesian formation, fossils, geologic time, absolute time and relative time.
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Life and Geologic Time

For Students 7th - 12th
In this geologic time worksheet, students will define the difference between eras, periods, and epochs in the geologic time scale. Students will also look at the role of geological events and fossils. This worksheet has 10 short answer...
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Geological History Vocabulary

For Students 9th - 12th
In this geological history worksheet, students define 17 terms associated with index fossils, nuclear decay, and radioactive decay.

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