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Unit #1 – Fossils

Unpacking 1: Fossils (video)

Topics Covered in this Unit-

  1. The Fossil Record
  2. Geological Time Scale
  3. Identification of Fossils
  4. Fossil Dating Methods
  5. Change in Organisms over Time

Exercise 1 Fossils True/False? (video)

This video describes an activity appropriate for grades 2 – 12. Students will be able to: (1) define the term fossil, (2) better understand that a fossil must fulfill both a specific age requirement and be the results of a biotic factor, and (3) list possible fossil preservation methods.

Printable Resources

Below are links to all documentation for this thematic unit.  Presentations are available in PowerPoint format, as well as PDFs for those wishing to print transparencies for overhead projectors.  Teachers may wish to review unit workbooks for more in-depth information before using the supplied presentations.

Curriculum Standard

Workbooks with Exercises


Additional Readings and Supplementary Files

Scientific Journal Articles (PDF)

Supplementary File