Patterns In The Fossil Record Provide Evidence That The Earth’s Landscape and Species Have Changed Over Time Are you looking for an independent science unit for your middle school students to do online? This unit on Analyzing the Fossil Record to look for Patterns to tell us about changes to the Earth’s landscape over time. This is a great independent online unit for Middle School NGSS.
Students will love the interactive Google slides. They will learn about the geologic column, fossil evidence, and what it means. Students will think critically!
This resource is part of the biological evolution strand for middle school science. Students will look at specific patterns in the fossil record to see the changes that have occurred over time. This unit is in Google slides and includes drag and drop activities and a quiz in Google Forms. This resource is highly interactive.
Patterns in the Fossil Record
This resource is an online middle school science unit on analyzing the fossil record and looking at patterns that could tell us about the history of life on Earth. This resource is entirely on Google. The slides have interactive components that the students can type right on and also have drag and drop activities and videos to watch. Students will read informational text passages about the fossil record and will answer questions. The unit ends with a quiz (editable) in google forms
Students will read text passages in Google Slides and respond by typing right on the slide.
Middle School Science Standards on Patterns in the Fossil Record
This resource is aligned completely with NGSS MS-LS4-1. Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on finding patterns of changes in the level of complexity of anatomical structures in organisms and the chronological order of fossil appearance in the rock layers.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include the names of individual species or geological eras in the fossil record.]
And Utah SEEd Standard 7.5.2 Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth, under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past. (LS4.A, ESS2.E)
Students will also engage in some interactive and Drag and Drop Slides.
This resource also includes the use of phenomena, videos, a suggested schedule, and directions. The unit ends with a Google Form Quiz that is self-grading and editable.
Different Types of Fossils
Students will learn about different types of fossils and about the geologic column. they will learn about strata, stratigraphy, and how fossils are formed.
This unit is great for distance learning but it can also be used for students with a laptop in the classroom.
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[…] An online unit for NGSS MS-LS4-2 and MS-LS4-3. Students will learn about evidence such as homologous structures, analogous structures, and embryological similarities. Students will see evidence that species have changed over time. This unit begins with phenomena. This unit is completely online and digital with interactive slides. You may also be interested in the analyzing the fossil record. […]