Fossil Lab (Science Grades 7 and 8)

Core Competencies:
Use scientific understandings to identify relationships and draw conclusions

Make observations aimed at identifying their own questions about the natural world

Formulate alternative “If…then…” hypotheses based on their questions

Big Ideas:
Earth and its climate have changed over geological time – the fossil record provides evidence for changes in biodiversity over geological time.

Duration: 1.5 Hours

During this activity, students get up close and personal with fossils that are up to 500 million years old. They will handle and study a diverse set of fossils and use relative dating as a way of determining the fossils age.

Activity can include a private tour of our Paleontology Exhibition by a local paleontologist to provide more insights into the fossils in our region.

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