The Clues are in the Layers! Day 2
Lesson 7 of 8
Objective: Model fossil excavation by digging for fossils created by classmates and documenting where each fossil was found.
I created a PowerPoint, Fossils Uncovered, to help guide my students through the lesson and to also touch upon different learning styles. I included a video as well as opportunities for my students to write and draw what they experienced.
I created Fossil Day 2 Excavation to help guide my students through their "excavation". I believe that this helped them focus more clearly on the task at hand, and make close observations when they uncovered another fossil. During the first lesson, the students buried different items in different layers to simulate the formation of fossils. We used a paper cup because it easily peels away to reveal the rock. The students removed the paper cup from the "sedimentary rock" by peeling it away, then they used a brush to begin excavating. Finally, they used a nail, to get busy excavating the layers to reach the buried "fossil".
Class Discussion/Wrap up
The focus questions, Day 2 Excavation Focus Questions, at the end of this lesson helped my students reflect on what they had done and how the investigation relates to real world paleontology. They were able to think-pair-share and this enabled my students to make those content to world connections that are so important in science.