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The Fossil Record
This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 9-12. It centers around fossils found in the Burgess Shale in western Canada. Topics include body shapes of fossils found, the movement of organisms from oceans to land, and whether organisms existed that did not fossilize. This part of geologic history began in the Cambrian Sea about 540 million years ago. The resource includes objectives, materials, procedures, discussion questions, evaluation ideas, extensions, suggested readings, and vocabulary. There are videos available to order which complement this lesson, an audio-enhanced vocabulary list, and links to teaching tools for making custom quizzes, worksheets, puzzles and lesson plans.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
Subject:
  • Biology
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geologic time
    • Geology
    • Paleontology
Technical requirements:
Must be able to download .aiff files for vocabulary.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-161
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • C - Life science:
        • Biological evolution
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Lisa Lyle Wu
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Publisher: Discoveryschool.com