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Fossil Project Objectives

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Here are the steps:

 

1. Choose a

LOCALITY:

 

 

 

Writer:

Presenter:

Artist 1:

Artist 2:

2. Choose roles:

 

 

 

 

 

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Research your locality on the Web

Choose TIME FOSSIL:

Determine the site's ECOSYSTEM:

 

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3. Work on individual responsibilities

Write the LOCALITY PAGE

Teach the class your locality in a PRESENTATION

Make the TIME FOSSIL

Make the ECOSYSTEM DIORAMA

 

 

4. Learn about other localities, take notes to use for interpretation day.

 

5. Analyze fossils from other groups

 

INTERPRETATION of unknown fossils and localities.

 

"How will we be graded?"

There are two main parts: 1) Your individual role + 2) Your group’s interpretation

Individual Role: (A) Work days = 15 points each day X 3 days = 45 points

You earn these points by being on task and showing the work you got done.

(B) Your Role = 45 points

Find the rubric that matches your role below.

For a:

PRESENTER helps turn research into a 5-minute Power Point Presentation on your locality.

Out of

A

  • Speaker knows information well-enough to answer questions about the locality.

5

B

  • Presentation includes a PowerPoint of your locality, with the location, time (era, period, and million of years ago) rock type, ecosystem when the fossil were alive, and typical animal and plant fossil found at the site.

5

C

  • Speaker refers to (but does NOT READ) notes during presentation.
  • Presentation is clear and accurate.

15

15

 

For a:

WRITER writes up research into the group’s FIELD GUIDE PAGE

Out of

A

  • Includes information on why this locality is unique, rare, or special in some way

5

B

  • Information on multiple (2-3) organisms’ niches is included

5

C

  • Writing is in your own words
  • Any new term used is defined
  • The information is organized by basic questions
  • The information answers all basic questions, including information on one organism’s niche, accurately and clearly

5

5

5

15

 

For a:

ARTIST 1 designs and creates the TIME FOSSIL

Out of

A

  • The fossil shows craftsmanship, care and/or ingenuity

5

B

  • The matrix (material surrounding the fossil) is a simulation of the real material

5

C

  • Fossil is recognizable as an organism from your locality.
  • Fossil is made out of hard material, (ex: plaster)
  • It is actual size
  • The fossil helps show what TIME (period, era, etc.) the locality is from by being unique to that time.
  • Sketch and name of the organism is included along with the locality page.

5

5

5

10

5

 

For a:

ARTIST 2 designs and creates the DIORAMA

Out of

A

  • The diorama shows craftsmanship, care and/or ingenuity

5

B

  • The diorama includes a model of the living organism that left the fossil.
  • The diorama includes clues to the humidity and temperature of the environment.
  • The diorama includes representatives of several animals that lived in that ecosystem.

5

C

  • The diorama accurately portrays the environment of the living organism that left the fossil.
  • The diorama accurately portrays the ecosystem of the living organism that left the fossil.
  • The diorama clearly shows an ancient ocean, coastal, freshwater, or terrestrial habitat.
  • The diorama shows unique characteristics of the ancient ENVIRONMENT.
  • Sketch and name of the organism is included along with the locality page.

5

5

5

10

5

Group Role:

For a:

PRESENTER helps turn research into a 5-minute PRESENTATION on your locality.

Out of

A

Uses only notes from others’ presentations, without the "book" of Locality Pages to assist you.

Description is detailed.

5

B

Your analysis uses additional details to support your ideas

Your group needed the "book" of Locality Pages to help

5

C

You analysis includes an explanation of each unknown locality’s time and environment

Each idea is justified

Your group needed the other class’ "Book" of Locality Pages to help your analysis.

15

15

TOTAL = 100