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Fossils in the Classroom - Lab Investigations

The Fossils in the Classroom teaching kit includes a collection of fossils and supporting lesson plans that allow teachers and students hands-on experience in Paleontology. The overall goal of this project is to address the following curriculum standard:

Standards/Essential Learnings (page 72, CDE Colorado Academic Standards)

Content Area: Science
Standard: 2. Life Science
Grade Level Expectations: Fourth Grade
Concepts and skills students master:

  • Comparing fossils to each other or to living organisms reveals features of prehistoric environments and provides information about organisms today.

The activities are structured as classroom investigations, each with a unique theme that utilizes different fossil and cast material from the kit.

Evidence Outcomes
Students will be able to:

  • Use evidence to develop a scientific explanation for:
    1. What fossils tell us about a prehistoric environment
    2. What conclusions can be drawn from similarities between fossil evidence and living organisms
  • Analyze and interpret data to generate evidence about the prehistoric environment.
  • Evaluate whether reasoning and conclusions about given fossils are supported by evidence

FossilLaboratoryInvestigation1 How Fossils Form

FossilLaboratoryInvestigation2 Using Fossils to Date the Rocks

FossilLaboratoryInvestigation3 Fossil Trackways

FossilLaboratoryInvestigation4 Fossil Leaves and Climate Change

FossilLaboratoryInvestigation5 Fossil Teeth