This activity is a Google Slide playlist that will introduce students to the types of microfossils found in cores and how they can be used to study Earth's history. This playlist is suitable for use in remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction and can easily be added to a Learning Management System.
Suitable for middle grades science or high school earth science courses while studying earth's history.
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
Students should be familiar with using Google Slides. This is an introductory assignment. No prior knowledge is necessary.
How the activity is situated in the course
This activity can be used as a stand-alone activity or in combination with a unit on earth history. This activity is also suitable for remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction.
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Students will write a reflection on how microfossils can be used to study earth's history.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Students will make observations and inferences.
Other skills goals for this activity
Description and Teaching Materials
This activity is housed in Google Slides and should be used in "edit" mode.
Teaching Notes and Tips
The link allows access to a "view only" copy of the playlist. You can choose, "File" then "Make a Copy" from the toolbar to create an editable copy. A "force copy" link is provided on the first slide. This activity is easily integrated into a Learning Management System.
Students will complete activities as they progress through the playlist that provide formative assessments of the material being introduced. Students can submit the slides in a Learning Management System so teachers can check their work.
References and Resources
- Why do we study microfossils?
- Finding Fossils
- The Tiniest Fossils - Shelf Life #6
- Planktonic Foraminifera
- Benthic Foraminifera
Learn more about theInternational Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)