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The Fossil Record Analyzing Patterns

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Description

Students will analyze the patterns in the fossil record to see that the Earth’s surface has changed over time, some organisms are now extinct, and some organisms have changed over time. The fossil record provides evidence for evolution on Earth. Students will analyze this evidence and make inferences about life long ago. They will look for patterns in the fossil record. This is a huge unit with 66 pages and slides!

Benefits of this Resource:

  • This resource will completely address the MS LS4-1 standard!
  • critical thinking
  • great visual aids

This unit on the Fossil Record includes:

  • An informative slide show on The Fossil Record
  • Strategic Notetaking Guide
  • Five pages of reading passages
  • Response pages
  • Interactive Notebook Inserts
  • Task cards on analyzing the fossil record
  • A quiz
  • Answer Keys for everything!

Addresses the following standards:

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.

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)

Concepts Include:

  • Geologic Column
  • Strata
  • Stratigraphy
  • Sedimentary rock
  • How fossils are formed
  • Cast fossils
  • Mold fossils
  • True form fossils
  • Trace fossils
  • Living fossils
  • Change of a species over time
  • Extinct organisms
  • Change in climate over time
  • Change in the landscape over time
  • Law of Superposition

Teachers Love This Unit!

Kristen ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ “This is a great unit on evolution. Students had to look at the samples of geologic column and analyze them. Great questions.”

The Fossil Record

The Fossil Record

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