How Fossil Records add to Our Understanding Day 2 Biodiversity
Lesson 3 of 8
Objective: Collaboratively research information about fossil Records using the internet and gathering at least 18 out of 21 facts accurately.
During this second lesson on fossil records I wanted a fun way to get the students re-engaged, I used a YouTube video that covered almost everything we talked about in the previous lesson. The video was also a great way for those students who were not in school during the previous lesson, to get an overview of what was covered.
For this lesson I used the same interactive website from UCMP Berkeley, that we used in the previous lesson. This time we focused on what we can learn from fossil records and biodiversity. I created a PowerPoint, Learning about Fossil Records Day 2, to help me touch upon different learning styles as well as emphasize key academic vocabulary for this lesson.
By creating a WebQuest guide for this lesson, Lesson 2 WebQuest Fossil Records and Biodiversity, my students were able to pinpoint key information that would help them find the information and interact with the site as a collaborative team. Using the questions to guide them, made the lesson more effective in that they were searching for specific information and not just skimming over the information. The use of the rubric, Rubric Fossil Records Webquest- Biodiversity, helped my students stay focused on the task at hand and do their best work. Collaborative work was as important on the rubric as locating the information.
Class Discussion/Wrap Up
I created Discussion Question Fossil Records, because I wanted the students to make the connection that fossils give us clues as to the past that can help us predict the future. I feel that if they can make a connection to the real world, they will be able to make connections to other content material and to the real world.