This activity consists of 2 parts created by different entities. How can fossil and rock data determine when an organism lived? The simulation has instructions on the left side of the screen with a bar that can be scrolled forward as you proceed. The icons are interactive at the bottom of the page: The dig site number is displayed at the top so students can keep track of which site they are using. The worksheet provides the background, procedure and data tables from each dig site organized in a way that the data can be easily transferred fossil dating worksheet analyzed.
MS-ESS Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, contintental shapes, and seafloor fossil dating worksheet to provide evidence of the past plate motions. Examples of data include similarities of rock and fossil types on different continents, the shapes of the continents including continental shelvesand the locations of ocean structures such as ridges, fracture zones, and trenches.
Paleomagnetic anomalies in oceanic and continental crust are not fossil dating worksheet. This resource appears to be designed to build towards this performance expectation, though the resource developer has not explicitly stated so. Comments about Including the Performance Expectation In the dig site simulation the students start immediately interpreting data and finding evidence on the distribution of fossils and rocks.
The worksheet has labeled data tables used to organize and interpret the findings of the dig site simulation. This activity does not address any continental shapes, seafloor structures or plate motions. Only the distribution of fossils and rocks, the age of rock layers and the Law of Superposition are addressed in this activity. In addition to the simulation activity, to meet this part of the performance expectation I would have the students complete a kinesthetic lesson related what they have learned about the ages of the rocks and fossils, but adding in plate motions.
In this activity students are given a map with a view of the Earth as a whole including the seafloor structures. Students will create a model and explain it to their peers with their moveable continental plates. This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this science and engineering practice.
Comments about Including the Science and Engineering Practice Using the data collected from each virtual dig fossil dating worksheet, students will analyze and predict ages of rock layers and come to their own conclusions about the Fossil dating worksheet of Superposition. This resource appears to fossil dating worksheet designed to build towards this disciplinary core idea, though the resource developer has not explicitly stated so.
Comments about Including the Disciplinary Core Idea The disciplinary core idea is illustrated by a simulation of a fossil dig and fossil dating worksheet fossils found in each site correlated to an age of the substrate this activity is clearly an investigation of rocks and fossils. This activity does not address any water patterns in each of the simulated dig sites and the ancient land would relate loosely to the layers in the simulated dig site.
Only the age of the rock layers and the Law of Superposition are addressed in this activity. After this simulation have the students complete a lesson related what they have learned about the ages of the rocks and fossils, but adding in plate motions. This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this crosscutting concept.
Comments about Including the Crosscutting Concept The Data tables on the worksheet are a nice way to organize the fossils VS time period. The fossil dating worksheet shows a numerical relationship to the age of the rocks. Another numerical relationship is having the students use a method called radiometric dating to calculate the absolute age of the rock. Do you have a suggestion for improving NGSS NSTA? Take a moment and let us know what's on your mind. Menu [ Log In ].
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