Take a look at actual fossils and discover the clues hidden within that will help you learn something about life millions of years ago. Students will excavate their own prehistoric animals and plants, learn about the planet’s various geologic processes and follow along in the story of fossilization. Register today!
Cost: $5 per student
Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations, Science v.1.09
- Identify and describe natural causes of change in the Earth’s surface. (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)
- Explain how rocks and fossils are used to understand the age and geological history of the earth (timelines and relative dating, rock layers). (E.ST.06.31)
- Describe how fossils provide important evidence of how life and environmental conditions have changed. (E.ST.06.42)
Next Generation Science Standards
ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
- Some events happen very quickly; others occur very slowly, over a time period much longer than one can observe.
- 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.
LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
- Some kinds of plants and animals that once lived on Earth are no longer found anywhere.
- Fossils provide evidence about the types of organisms that lived long ago and also about the nature of their environments.
LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
- There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water.
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.
During Your Visit to the ScienceWorks Lab students will be expected to:
- Sit in tables of 6 students and (at least) 1 adult
- Students should be prepared to give their attention to the Lab instructors when requested to “Give Me Five”
- Work cooperatively with one another at the table
- Follow the hands-on procedures just as the Lab teacher or assistant explains them
- Handle materials and equipment carefully
It is important that teachers and chaperones:
- Help to focus the students’ attention
- Assist students with the hands-on activities and experiments when necessary
- Turn off cell phones and pagers during the class