"Fossil" Forecasting: Students measure the density of simulated rock samples to predict the presence of fossilsby: Michael J. Brody and Ann DeOnis

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An inquiry-based Earth science activity applies the concepts of density using real-life investigations that take advantage of students’ interest in dinosaurs. The teacher creates simulated rock and fossil samples from which students collect data, conduct analyses, and draw conclusions. A writing extension activity supplements the lab, which is closely aligned with the National Science Education Standards.

Grades
  • High
Publication Date
12/1/2001

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Reviews (3)
  • on Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:21 AM

Good resource!!

Luke  (Sylvania, OH)
Luke (Sylvania, OH)

  • on Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:27 PM

This would be a nice activity to do in conjunction with some field work. I dislike only using the "artificial" setting. Students need to experience rocks with real fossils in them as well. Otherwise, it might lead to misconceptions.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:07 PM

I like the article and the making of fossils to have students analyze. I especially like the measuring of density in an earth science context. I don't like the artificial setup of the situation for students (the fossil was talking to the students). But, this can make for a nice problem for students to work.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)


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