Category: K-12

Lesson plans, resources, and ideas for educators.

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Lesson Plan: Mammal Skull vs Reptile Skull

May 23rd, 2017 by

♦ SUMMARY: Mammal Skull vs Reptile Skull – A lesson created by Rebecca Mussetter ♦ AUDIENCE: Third (3rd) Grade, Elementary School ♦ TOPICS/THEMES: Scientific Method, Classification, Measurement, Taxonomy, Creative, Hands-On, Morphology, Mammals, Reptiles, Fossils, Skulls, Diapsid, Synapsid, Evolution ♦ INSTRUCTIONS: Click on the link below to access the lesson. Please contact the author with any questions. 3D printed skulls of various […]

Lesson Plan: Dissecting “Battle of the Americas”

May 15th, 2017 by

♦ SUMMARY: Dissecting “Battle of the Americas” – A lesson created by Julie Hughes (@julie-hughes) and Stephanie Killingsworth (@skillingsworth) ♦ AUDIENCE: 6-8, Middle School, Sixth (6th) Grade, Seventh (7th) Grade, Eighth (8th) Grade ♦ TOPICS/THEMES: Evolution, Geology, Paleontology, Fossils, GABI, Scientific Method, Scientific Evidence ♦ INSTRUCTIONS: Click on the link below to access the lesson. Please contact the author with any questions. […]

Lesson Plan: How Big Was Megalodon?

May 3rd, 2017 by

♦ SUMMARY: How Big Was Megalodon? – A lesson by PaleoTEACH, Victor Perez (@vperez) and Megan Hendrickson (@mhendrickson) ♦ AUDIENCE: 6-8, Middle School, Sixth (6th) Grade, Seventh (7th) Grade, Eighth (8th) Grade ♦ TOPICS/THEMES: Measurements, Teeth, Paleontology, Fossils, Sharks, Ecology, Scientific Method, Scientific Evidence, STEM, Mathematics, Geometry ♦ INSTRUCTIONS: Click on the link below to access the lesson. Please contact the […]

Lesson Plan: Changing Climates and Evolutionary Responses Preserved in the Fossil Record

April 4th, 2017 by

♦ SUMMARY: Changing Climates and Evolutionary Responses Preserved in the Fossil Record – A lesson plan by Geoscientist-in-the-Park Gina Roberti (@groberti) ♦ AUDIENCE: 9-12, High School, Ninth (9th) Grade, Tenth (10th) Grade, Eleventh (11th) Grade, Twelfth (12th) Grade ♦ TOPICS/THEMES: Scientific Method, Paleontology, Fossils, Cenozoic, NPS, Geology, Evolution, Climate, Paleoclimate, Paleoenvironment, Environment, Horses, Biology, Ecology, Mammals ♦ INSTRUCTIONS: Click on the […]

Resource: Paleontological Society Outreach & Education Grants

February 16th, 2017 by

The Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant provides support to members for programs and activities involving educational outreach and community engagement. Potential fundable projects include, but are not limited to, field trips to fossil sites and/or museums for teachers and pre-college students, educator training and curriculum development, participation in local community initiatives, development of educational […]

Resource: National Fossil Day

August 14th, 2016 by

Get ready for National Fossil Day! The National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute are partnering to host the National Fossil Day on October 17, 2018 Earth Science Week. National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific […]

Resource: GABI RET Florida June 2016

June 24th, 2016 by

♦ SUMMARY: This powerpoint discusses an introduction to the Great American Biotic Interchange (GABI) as it pertains to the North American side of the story. It was prepared for the K-12 RET (Research Experiences for Teachers) fossil dig that occurred near Gainesville FL In June 2016. ♦ AUDIENCE: K-12, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Kindergarten, First […]

Paper: Using Fossil Teeth to Study the Evolution of Horses in Response to a Changing Climate

February 2nd, 2016 by

♦ SUMMARY: This paper, co-authored by UF Curriculum and Instruction PhD student Julie Bokor (@jbokor) and two high school biology teachers, Jennifer Broo (@jbroo) and Jessica Mahoney, was published in the February 2016 volume of the journal The American Biology Teacher.  The abstract is provided below; please click on the link to read the full paper. Abstract: Students measure […]

Resource: Digital Atlas of Ordovician Life: Resources for Teachers

November 12th, 2015 by

♦ SUMMARY: Check out this fantastic set of resources for teaching paleontology in K-12 classrooms! Students can examine the ancient oceans of Ohio, investigate ecosystem dynamics using fossils from the Cincinnati Arch, and explore geologic time. More resources are coming soon. Thanks to Dr. Alycia Stigall (@alycia-stigall) for providing the link to this site. ♦ AUDIENCE: K-12, […]

Paper: Science in K-5

October 9th, 2015 by

♦ SUMMARY: Science traditionally has been underrepresented in K-5 teaching and learning. The reasons for this are multifaceted, including emphasis on core skills of reading, writing, and math learning, but also the lack of teachers with appropriate science training. With the changing national standards – especially NGSS – science is gaining traction in K-5. The attached […]

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