Reflection: Real World Applications Can You Dig It? - Section 2: Activity


I love the authentic nature of this activity.  Students don't know what they are looking for as part of the fossil dig and once they find it they don't know how many there are.  They don't know how to put it together, where it lives or what it looks like.  They are working in the unknown outcomes arena just like a real archaeologist would be and I love that!

Within every unit I try to incorporate some type of activity that simulates what real scientists would do or address challenges those scientists would face.  I find that this helps motivate and engage students, not just in the lesson, but in science in general.  I love how the NGSS has taken the focus off of memorizing content and has made true application and understanding of science and scientific thinking more important.  My students have responded positively to this way of doing things and have developed some great critical thinking an problem solving skills, not to mention independence.

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Can You Dig It?

Unit 6: Evidence of Common Ancestry
Lesson 10 of 12

Objective: SWBAT build a skeleton from discovered "fossilized" bones and use them to make inferences about the organism.

Big Idea: Dig it up, put it together and discover its story. Students put their archaeology skills to the test.

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