Fossils & Fossilization

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During this very hands-on program, students examine real 73-million year old fossils and extraordinary replicas from Alberta and beyond.

Program Length: 45 Minutes to 1 Hour

During this very hands-on program, students examine real 73-million year old fossils and extraordinary replicas from Alberta and beyond. Students will also learn about the different types of fossils found and how fossils records can teach us about life millions of years ago.

This program can be delivered in your classroom.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

Grade 3 –  (Science) Topic E: Animal Life Cycles Classify animals based on observable characteristics: e.g. limbs, teeth, backbone. Describe the appearance of life cycles of animals and identify adaptations to different environments. Identify examples of environmental conditions that may threaten animal survival, and identify examples of extinct animals.

Grade 4 – (Social Studies) Alberta: The Land, Histories and Stories Understand and appreciate how palaeontology is integral to the landscapes and environment of Alberta. They will appreciate Alberta’s fossil heritage.

Grade 7 – (Science) Unit E: Planet Earth Describe the role of fossil evidence, identify the portions of living things most likely to be preserved, identify possible means of preservation, examine real fossils and casts.

Grade 11 – (Science) Unit C: The Changing Earth Analyze and assess the evidence provided by the fossil record, identify life forms of past eras, fossilization, mass extinction. Describe common types of fossilization, actual remains, molds, imprints, tracks, trails, burrows. Explain how fossils can provide evidence of chronology, paleoclimate, evolution and mass extinction.

Grade 11 – (Science) Unit D: Changing in Living Systems Describe evidence for evolution by natural selection e.g. fossils, describe how paleontology has provided invaluable data in the attempt to explain observable variations in organisms.


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