Distance Learning: The Fossil Record
Together we’ll take a look at actual fossils and discuss how you can find the clues that they hide and how to interpret their stories that unfolded millions of years ago. Invent your own prehistoric animals, follow along in the story of fossilization, and discuss fossil finds like real paleontologists.
- Grade level: 3 – 5
- Cost: $160
- Available: Year-Round
Each Distance Learning program includes:
A 50-minute interactive program
A kit with materials for interactive experiments for 30 students
Extension activities and resources for further exploration
To make your program an enjoyable and memorable experience please be sure to review the Videoconferencing Tips
Please note: Your school or ISD must have videoconferencing equipment to participate in Distance Learning Programs.
U.S. National Curriculum Standards NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
- Properties of earth materials
- Changes in the earth and sky
U.S. National Curriculum Standards NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science
- Earth’s history
Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations, Science v.1.09
- Recognize and describe different types of Earth materials (mineral, rock, clay, boulder, gravel, sand, soil, water, and air). (E.SE.03.13)
- Identify and describe natural causes of change in the Earth’s surface (erosion, glaciers, volcanoes, landslides and earthquakes). (E.SE.03.22)
- Explain how fossils provide evidence of the history of the Earth. (E.ST.04.31)
- Compare and contrast life forms found in fossils and organisms that exist today. (E.ST.04.32)
- Describe how fossils provide evidence about how living things and environmental conditions have changed. (L.EV.05.13)
Next Generation Science Standards
Students participating in this program will explore science content as stated in the Disciplinary Core Ideas. They will engage in science and engineering practices as they plan and conduct investigations to answer questions regarding fossils.
LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
- Some kinds of plants and animals that once lived on Earth are no longer found anywhere. (Note: Moved from K–2)
- Fossils provide evidence about the types of organisms that lived long ago and also about the nature of their environments.
ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
- Local, regional, and global patterns of rock formations reveal changes over time due to earth forces, such as earthquakes. The presence and location of certain fossil types indicate the order in which rock layers were formed.
ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
- Rainfall helps to shape the land and affects the types of living things found in a region. Water, ice, wind, living organisms, and gravity break rocks, soils, and sediments into smaller particles and move them around.