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Funny Bones

Instructional Plan

Teachers Guide
Fossil Lab
Dig It!
Geologic Time Scale
Check Up!
Curriculum Web Rubric
Appendices and Glossary

Specific instructions for using the curriculum web to meet the target learning goals.

     Pre-teaching strategies:

  • assess prior knowledge about fossils and Geologic history
  • teach basic navigation on the internet and try a few sample curriculum webs
  • review lab skills/use of a procedure
  • ensure that students are paired with a compatible lab partner
  • teach PowerPoint and include a practice mini-project

     Using the web:

  • Tell students that they will be using an internet based "classroom" to reach 4+ learning objects in their Geology Unit.  Be sure the learning targets are clearly posted in the classroom.
  • Re-inforce that they should work as independently as possible but that you will be available at all times if needed.
  • Open the curriculum web together and project the Home page on the LCD projector.  Read over the home page as a whole group and point out the navigational bar.
  • Ask students to begin their study. They are to go only as far as the "Fossils?" page today and tomorrow.
  • At the end of part 1 (Fossils?) Remind the whole group that they will need to have the required materials for the Fossil Lab.  These are listed on the Home page.  Be sure to have a few extra egg cartons on hand for students who were absent or absent minded :-)
  • Schedule 2 days for the fossil lab.  One to create and one to "unearth" and observe.
  • Part 3 "Virtual Dig" Students can procedd from this point at their own pace.  By this time all students should be familiar with the page and the classroom expectations for completion. 
  • Stop periodically to review the learning targets and to have a whole group "check-in." Oftentimes, classroom discussion will open the avenues of communication and students will be more likely to voice questions or concerns.
  • Set a time limit for completion.  I would say 7-10 days maximum. Depending on the classroom period length. 
  • Offer extra-help afterschool for those students who need more time or support with this curriculum web.

Culminating Activity:

  • Set aside a few days to allow students to present their PowerPoint projects. 
  • Use large mural paper to create a classroom timeline of Geologic history/events.  Ask students to enter several of their favorite events from their personal timelines.  Offer opportunities to illustrate the timeline. 

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