Reflection: Student Ownership Fossil Dating, a Link to Earth's Past - Section 5: Class Discussion/Wrap Up


By having students work together to research when a species first appeared on Earth was much more impactful than me just giving them a list and having them discuss it. They took ownership of their work and they were just as thrilled when their predictions were correct as when they weren't. There were a lot of discussions that started with, " I didn't know that...".  which is exactly what should happen in Science.

  Researching to confirm or deny predictions helps students make connections to the content.
  Student Ownership: Researching to confirm or deny predictions helps students make connections to the content.
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Fossil Dating, a Link to Earth's Past

Unit 11: Fossils, Evidence of Organisms That Lived Long Ago
Lesson 4 of 8

Objective: Research when different species appeared on Earth, then create a timeline that includes accurate placement of at least 3 different species on that timeline.

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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Science, timeline, collaborative groups, research, fossils
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