This curriculum web is intented to familiarize middle
school students with the idea that the history of life on earth is preserved through the fossil record.
I have created this student Paleontology
site because it enables students to master several key learning objectives while working through an exciting
and up to date interactive website. I thought that this aspect of Geology would be best approached through the use of
a well organized curriculum web for a couple of reasons. First, the resources available online for this particular topic
are numerous and often difficult for students to sort through when they are left to explore on their own. Second, because
this topic deals with species that may now be extinct, and therefore may be unfamiliar to many students, it is important to
have excellent visuals to teach this material well. Lastly, past experience with this unit has taught me that students
become really invested in this particular unit when they can "feel and act" like student paleontologists and when they
can utilize technology to complete their "job."
This curriculum web is designed for middle-school
students ages 11-14 who are being introduced to the study of the fossil record and Earth's Geologic History.
The students population is diverse at this age level, particularly in regards to prior knowledge, computer skills, and the
ability to work independently. The teacher will need to guide students through many of the activities on this web, particularly
if it is the students first expereince with internet based curricula.
Students will need to have the following skills in order to be successful with this curriculum web;
familiar with the idea that planet earth has changed over time
awareness of the terms; fossil, extinction, species, sedimentary rock
basic expereince with website navigation and troubleshooting tips
abitlity to complete a hands on lab by following a procedure
experience and instruction on the use of PowerPoint to complete a project
Laptops, 1 per pair of students
Modeling Clay, extra egg cartons, petroleum jelly, paper cups and plastic spoons
Mural paper and art supplies (i.e. markers or paints)
The subject matter for this curriculum web is Geology and, more specifically, the fossil record and the role
it plays in explaining Earth's expansive history.
Click here to access the specific Learning Goals and Objectives and a detailed Instructional Plan.