Reflection: Unit Planning What Do You Mean I Can Learn From a Fossil? - Section 1: Warm-up


During this unit, students will analyze images to begin to understand what parts of an organism will fossilize, make inferences based on skeletal remains as to the possible behaviors/environment of these organisms, participate in a small scale fossil dig, analyze their findings to assemble and draw conclusions about their fossil finds.  I want to recreate the actual process as much as possible to give students the best sense of what it might be like for archaeologists. I want students to be able to relate to the immense challenges that surround finding, unearthing, and assembling fossils as well as begin to analyze and create inferences about their "fossil" remains.

As students complete the activities, they will be developing their critical/creative thinking skills as well as their collaboration skills.  These are critical skills in today's world and I infuse them into every lesson possible.

  Thinking Like a Scientist
  Unit Planning: Thinking Like a Scientist
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What Do You Mean I Can Learn From a Fossil?

Unit 6: Evidence of Common Ancestry
Lesson 5 of 12

Objective: SWBAT analyze articles to determine the complexities and required skills of recovering fossils.

Big Idea: What we can learn from fossils? Dig 'em up, put 'em together, figure it out.

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