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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 Michigan. This is no small task, and here is a terrific instructional activity that provides you everything you need to lead your charges through the inquiry. Terrific photographs, worksheets, and resource links are embedded in the plan.
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. They develop an knowledge of 'relative time' using fossil range charts.
Students practice sequencing cards that represent different rock layers based on alphabetical characters. In this fossil lesson, students discuss how paleontologists, biologists, and geologists use the fossil record to learn about the Earth. Students view examples of dinosaurs and fossils. Students complete a sequencing activity and name three organisms that could not be used as index fossils.
Junior geologists address 50 multiple choice questions and 35 short answer questions about the earth system. Plenty of visuals are included for interpretation: diagrams, graphs, maps, photographs, laboratory setups, weather symbols, and even a reading passage. Not only could you use this as your final exam, it could also serve as a practice for an AP earth science test.