Field collection and community analysis project
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Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
identification of fossils
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
synthesis of data with literature
reconstruction of a paleocommunity using data & literature
Other skills goals for this activity
using web- and library-based resources
using statistical programs
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
Did they correctly identify their fossils? Did they correctly interpret their ecological niches?
Did they use the appropriate statistical tests? Do their results accurately reflect their data?
Did they correctly reconstruct their paleoenvironment, including all the organisms they identified in their proper ecological roles.
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment:Paleocommunity reconstruction/analysis handout (Microsoft Word 35kB May21 09)
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