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Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

 
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The Fossil Mind Map Unfolds

4th Grade Science » Unit: Fossils
4th Grade Science » Unit: Fossils
Mary Ellen Kanthack
Genoa City, WI
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

After students watch a short clip and read an article about fossils, students organize their new understanding by creating a mind map through an app.

 
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things i never
   

Fun With Fossils

4th Grade Science » Unit: Fossils
4th Grade Science » Unit: Fossils
Mary Ellen Kanthack
Genoa City, WI
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Students examine several fossil samples as they analyze different ways these fossils formed using both real samples and an interactive web page.

 
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fossil
   

Starting a Mind Map of Fossils

4th Grade Science » Unit: Fossils
4th Grade Science » Unit: Fossils
Mary Ellen Kanthack
Genoa City, WI
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Students begin to create a mind map using prior knowledge about fossils.

 
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lots of fossils
   

Show Me What You Know About Fossils

4th Grade Science » Unit: Fossils
4th Grade Science » Unit: Fossils
Mary Ellen Kanthack
Genoa City, WI
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

This final written assessment has been redesigned to fit NGSS allowing students to choose what they are writing about as they demonstrate mastery of the standards.

 
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using the mind
   

What Can Fossils Teach Us?

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems and Biological Evolution
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems and Biological Evolution
Michelle Marcus
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Time is a challenging concept for third graders. Understanding that change happens over many, many years, and tells a story of life long ago is abstract. The design of this lesson allows students to delve more deeply into these concepts.

 
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whale vertebrate
   

Fun With Fossils

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems and Biological Evolution
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems and Biological Evolution
Michelle Marcus
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

The concept of fossilization can be challenging for students. It requires some sense of time movement, changes in the earth, and living organisms dying and leaving behind something after millions of years. This lesson will help build background knowledge.

 
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petoskey stone
   

Fossil Webquest

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossils, Evidence of Organisms That Lived Long Ago
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossils, Evidence of Organisms That Lived Long Ago
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Scientists research fossils in order to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

 
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question guy e1382225454386
   

What is a Fossil?

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossil Evidence
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossil Evidence
Jennifer Valentine
Tucson, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

An initial understanding of fossils is enhanced by further reading and viewing and increased vocabulary.

Standards:
 
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dilong china lower cretaceoushutterstock 91891991
   

How Fossil Records Add to Our Understanding Day 1

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossils, Evidence of Organisms That Lived Long Ago
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossils, Evidence of Organisms That Lived Long Ago
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Scientists research fossils in order to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

 
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index fossils blank 01
   

Fossils of the United States - Engage "Where Can You Find Fossils?"

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossil Evidence
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossil Evidence
Jennifer Valentine
Tucson, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Learning what fossils can be found in different states gives us information about the past environment.

 
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Digging up Fossils!

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossil Evidence
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossil Evidence
Jennifer Valentine
Tucson, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Fossils can informa us about past environments.

Standards:
 
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mossosaur flickr
   

What can we learn from the Bear-Dog?

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossil Evidence
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossil Evidence
Jennifer Valentine
Tucson, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Analysis of fossils gives information about ancient climate, animal behavior, and animal characteristics.

 
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amphicyon ingens reconstruction
   

Fossil Dating, a Link to Earth's Past

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossils, Evidence of Organisms That Lived Long Ago
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossils, Evidence of Organisms That Lived Long Ago
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Scientists research fossils in order to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

 
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duria antiquior
   

Modeling a Trace Fossil

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossils, Evidence of Organisms That Lived Long Ago
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossils, Evidence of Organisms That Lived Long Ago
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Scientists use clues from trace fossils to infer what organisms were like millions of years ago.

 
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cheirotherium prints possibly ticinosuchus
   

Fossils of the United States - Explore by State and Time Period

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossil Evidence
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Fossil Evidence
Jennifer Valentine
Tucson, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Learning what fossils can be found in different states gives us information about the past environment.

Standards:
 
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