Students will choose a state and explore five fossils from that state. Their notes for each fossil will include:
This took my students several days to complete.
The steps for using the paleoportal.org website to conduct the initial research are described in the following video clips.
There will be many locations within a state that do not have fossils. There are many reasons for this. One reason is that only sedimentary rocks contain fossils. Metamorphic and igneous rocks do not.
Then I take students through an example of how to conduct the basic research. I used Wyoming as my example state. I started with the oldest rocks, and in Wyoming many of these rock layers either are not present in the state or do not contain fossils. I explain how to handle that lack of information:
Then I explain how to take notes when a time period is encountered in which there were fossils: