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Evolution and the Fossil Record
Engage young biologists with four laboratory activities that explore the fossil record. Learners examine fossil images, a fossil kit, the rock record, and geologic time scale. They even experiment with the oxygen production of an Elodea plant as an example of how the ancient atmosphere might have developed.
9th - 12th Science 10 Views 95 Downloads
Fossil Record Mystery
Watch how paleontologists scour the Gobi Desert to find fossils that fill in a gap in the fossil record. How big did dinosaurs get during the Jurassic period? Get your class thinking about these questions and more with this short clip. Tip: Have your students use what they know to come up with a theory of their own, explaining how dinosaurs grew to be the biggest animals on the planet.
4 mins 5th - 8th Science 3 Views 2 Downloads
Evidence of Evolution by Natural Selection
Walk your junior biologists through the evidence that supports evolution. The fossil record, anatomical record, and molecular record are explained and supported by colorful graphs and pictures. Extensive notes are provided for some of the slides.
9th - 12th Science 33 Views 291 Downloads
The Evidence for Evolution
Summarize a unit on evolutionary evidence. Learners recount information about the fossil record, molecular record, homologous structures, convergent evolution. This worksheet provides plenty of room for learners to write out responses, and it makes a succinct review of the topic.
9th - 12th Science 22 Views 232 Downloads
The Day the Mesozoic Died
While this is not the traditional, step-by-step lesson plan, it is chock-full of material that you can easily incorporate into your earth history unit. Its main purpose is to serve as a guide to using a three-part film, The Day the Mesozoic Died, which uncovers evidence in the fossil record for the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period.
6th - 12th Science 14 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Guess Who Came to Dinner!
An exceptionally creative approach is taken to assessing your biologists' grasp of natural selection concepts. They are to imagine hosting Charles Darwin for dinner and having, to their surpise, a few other noted scientists crash the party.
9th - Higher Ed Science 32 Views 67 Downloads
Worksheet: Evidence of Darwin’s Evolutionary Theory at the Fossil Park
Take a close-up look at the evolution of hyenas in South Africa. Natural historians read about the five hyena species found in the fossil record and examine four statements that summarize the theory of evolution. As a culminating activity, pupils form groups and design a fact sheet about any modern member from the hyena family.
9th - 12th Science 38 Views 99 Downloads
Students create mock fossil records based on current scientific theories about prehistory. By learning about what fossil records teach us about different prehistoric time periods, students gain a greater understanding of theories of prehistory in general.
6th - 12th Science 12 Views 139 Downloads
Evolution - The Nature of Change and Variation
The objective of this set of slides is to present four types of evidence for evolution: the fossil record, embryology, molecular biology, and comparative anatomy. Each facet of the argument is explored. This can be used in a high school biology course.
9th - 12th Science 7 Views 41 Downloads
Worksheet: Evolutionary Detectives
Begin with an informational text, "Reptiles and Amphibians through the Ages," and then research online about the evolutionary development of a modern frog. Look at drawings of ancestor's skeletons and list the organisms on the geologic time scale.
6th - 9th Science 57 Views 198 Downloads
Examining the Fossil Record
Students create an evolutionary tree based on fossil morphology and their ages. In this fossil record lesson plan, students are given 23 pictures of fossil. They study their morphology and arrange the fossils by age and structures on a chart with time periods.
9th - 10th Science 12 Views 126 Downloads
Relative Dating-Telling Time Using Fossils
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 plot fossil ranges.
7th - 9th Science 37 Views 229 Downloads
Fossils & The Geologic Time Scale
Here is a straighforward and visually appealing presentation for your middle school earth science pupils. It introduces three types of fossils, relative vs. absolute dating, and the different eras of Earth's history. The eras are further divided into periods, and the organisms said to have appeared during each period are listed.
6th - 8th Science 26 Views 58 Downloads
Evolution Primer #3: How Do We Know Evolution Happens?
How do scientists know what they do about evolution? Looking at fossilized data, paleontologists examine fossils to show the evolution and changes that developed into modern whales. We find out that scientists use physical evidence, classification, and inference to determine how evolution has changed these aquatic mammals over time.
7 mins 9th - 12th Science 3 Views 1 Download
The Rock and Fossil Record
Go deep in your paleontology unit with this spectacular set of slides! It introduces viewers to the types of fossils, a few famous fossils, and the geologic eras. This is done with easy-to-read text, diagrams, photos, and even videos.
5th - 7th Science 19 Views 22 Downloads
Science: Making Trace Fossils
Students explore types of fossils and discover how sediment affects fossil preservation. They focus their study on trace fossils and create their own using sediment, water, and a small organism such as a snail or lizard. Students use plaster of Paris to make casts of the fossil to mimic the preservation of fossil records.
4th - 6th Science 5 Views 49 Downloads
History of Life
In this history of life worksheet, learners will explore how mass extinctions have occurred on Earth, the different periods of the geological time scale, and scientists' use of fossil records. Students will complete 3 fill in the blank questions and 5 short answer questions.
5th - 8th Science 25 Views 108 Downloads