LS4-1: Fossil Record

LS4-1:  Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past. 

Learning Goals:

  • Analyze sample rock layers (strata) to find patterns, including:
    • Fossils are found in sedimentary rock layers
    • Law of Superposition: oldest rocks on bottom, youngest rocks on top
    • Rock layers indicate relative age, not absolute age
    • Index fossils are common organisms that existed in lots of places, so are useful in determining age
    • Fossil type indicates environmental conditions

Learning Activities:

  • Lesson: Rock Cycle
  • Lesson: Fossil Record

Assessments:

  • Pre-Assessment: Rock Cycle Exit Slip
  • Formative: LS4-1 Practice Quiz
  • Summative: LS4-1 Fossil Record Quiz
  • Revisions: TBD

This is how you will be assessed:

Emergent – 1 Progressing – 2 Proficient – 3 Exceptional – 4
Progressing to Level 1, but lacks understanding of two or more of the following:

  • Rock strata
  • Relative age
  • Fossil record
Progressing to Level 3, but lacks understanding of ONE of the following:

  • Rock strata
  • Relative age
  • Fossil record
Accurate understanding of ALL of the following:

  • Rock strata
  • Relative age
  • Fossil record
Shows a Level 3 understanding with more depth and specifics, such as relative vs absolute age or explaining the law of superposition.

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