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Correlating Sedimentary Strata

Kit #443S
Correlating Sedimentary Strata

Students examine four drill cores representing a fictional series of rock layers. They then use the evidence from each drill core to create a stratigraphic column for each location and use evidence from the cores to correlate to the layers from the different locations. They are then challenged to use this fossil evidence to construct a timeline showing the relative time spans of each species represented by the fossils. Students construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year history. The crosscutting concepts of pattern, scale, and stability and change are reinforced.

Details at a Glance

  • 1-2 Days | 1-2 ~50 minute class periods
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates unlimited classes, each with 6 groups of 4 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • All materials are non-consumable
  • Includes digital resources
  • Developed in partnership with SEPUP

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Correlating Sedimentary Strata (Developed by SEPUP)

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Scientific Concepts

Disciplinary Core Ideas
•MS-ESS1.C The History of Planet Earth
Science and Engineering Practices
•Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Crosscutting Concepts
•Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
•Stability and Change
Key Vocabulary: drill core, fossil, geologic time scale, law of superposition,
paleontologist, stratigraphic column

Guides & Student Sheets

Our kits and modules provide you with everything you need so you can open, review, and teach the material confidently the next day.

  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 1 Teacher’s Guide
  • 28 Student Worksheets and Guides
  • 28 Student Sheet: Stratigraphy of the Drill Cores
  • 3 Simulated "drill core" 1
  • 3 Simulated "drill core" 2
  • 3 Simulated "drill core" 3
  • 3 Simulated "drill core" 4
  • 1 Transparency 1: Correlation of Rock Layers
  • 1 Transparency 2: Timeline for Fossils
  • Not included and needed for instruction: A supply of graph paper and metric rulers.

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