myFOSSIL Educational Series: Fossils in the Making (K-5)

LESSON TITLE: myFOSSIL Educational Series: Fossils in the Making

AUTHOR (S):
Sadie Mills (University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History)
Sam Ocon (University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History)
Mary Jane Hughes (University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History)

GRADE LEVEL: 3th – 5th grade

TIME FRAME:
One 45-60 minute class period;
Video length: 5 minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpdcpOlwCGU

DRIVING QUESTION: What constitutes a fossil and how do they form from prehistoric organisms?

LEARNING GOALS:
To engage and teach students the primary understanding of how fossils form through comprehension of rock
layers and evolutionary theory.
Develop the foundation for how paleontologists discover species that lived thousands to millions of years
ago.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Students will be able to define foundational terms such as paleontologist, fossilization and rock formation to
build on the understanding of how an entire species of an organism can go extinct and be preserved as fossils.

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myFOSSIL Education Series_ Lesson Plan K-5