Eocene Exposure Field Trip
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This page first made public: Jun 4, 2009
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
White clay outlines in red clayey sediment extend into the sediment.
Each student will cut (trowel or knife) a trace fossil and follow it into the sediment.
The instructor will discuss these traces as comparable (analogous) to burrows of extant marine animals. We will expand on this point later in class.
Field Trip #1 gets students out of the class and gives hands-on experience with fossil material in situ very early in the course.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Remember this material for later in the course, when we consider trace fossils in greater detail.
Other skills goals for this activity
Each student turns in a one-page report with observations and comments.
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
(2) Students submit a one-page report with observations and comments.
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