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Examining Fossils

Kit #406S

Fossils provide important evidence about changes in life on Earth. This kit provides students with the opportunity to handle and examine eight different fossils from various localities and geologic ages. Fossils of species that are no longer living provide evidence for extinction; fossils of species similar but not identical to those alive today provide evidence for continuous evolutionary change. Students experience first-hand the power and limitations of using fossils as evidence of past life and environmental conditions. The geologic time scale is also introduced.

Details at a Glance

  • 1-2 Days | 1-2 ~50 minute class periods
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates unlimited classes, each with 16 groups of 2 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • All materials are non-consumable
  • Includes digital resources
  • Developed in partnership with SEPUP

Scientific Concepts

Disciplinary Core Ideas
•MS-ESS1.C The History of Planet Earth
•MS-LS4.A Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
Science and Engineering Practices
•Analyzing and Interpreting Data
•Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
•Connections to Nature of Science: Scientific Knowledge Is Based on Empirical Evidence
Crosscutting Concepts
•Stability and Change
KEY VOCABULARY: fossil, geologic time scale, sediment

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
  • 32 Student Worksheets and Guides
  • 32 Student Data Sheets: Fossil Observations
  • 16 Magnifying lenses
  • 1 Transparency: Geologic Time Scale
  • 2 Admetopsis subfusiformis
  • 2 Alethopteris serii
  • 2 Ammonite sp
  • 2 Elrathi kingi
  • 2 Goniobasis tenera
  • 2 Knightia sp
  • 2 Mucrospirifer thedfordensis
  • 2 Tabulopyllum sp