Changes Over Time — Microfossils in Blake’s Nose

This Changes Over Time — Microfossils in Blake’s Nose activity & project also includes:

Scientists study sediment cores to understand climate and life throughout the history of the Earth. An interactive lesson has scholars access research data in order to better understand to which time periods specific micro-fossils belong. Pupils sort the and graph the data, then individuals select one micro-fossil to research in depth and present their findings to the class.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pre-teach what a peninsula and microfossils are for those that might have forgotten
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires computers with Internet access, spreadsheet software, and presentation software
  • Requires prior knowledge of changes in land forms over time, how to use a spreadsheet, and how ocean sediment coring and drilling works
Pros

  • Easily adjusts to individual students or small group work
  • Allows pupils to access real research data
  • Connects science, math, research, and presentation skills
Cons

  • None
NGSS