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Getting into the Fossil Record

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Overview:
In this interactive module students are introduced to fossils and the fossilization process by examining how fossils are formed and the factors that promote or prevent fossilization.

Author/Source:
UC Museum of Paleontology

Grade level:
6-8

Time:
One class period.

Teaching tips:
Level One is written for grades 5-8.

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Fossils provide evidence of past life. (LS4.A)

  • The sequence of forms in the fossil record is reflected in the sequence of the rock layers in which they are found and indicates the order in which they evolved. (LS4.A)

  • Scientists use fossils to learn about past life. (LS4.A, ESS1.C)

  • Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.

Teacher background:

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