8th Grade Standard III-Objective 3 Earth History

Standard III: Students will understand the processes of rock and fossil formation.
Objective 3: Describe how rock and fossil evidence is used to infer Earth’s history.

Enduring Understanding: Earth is a dynamic planet. Processes that change the Earth’s surface operated in the past much as they do today. Evidence of past surface and climatic changes are indicated in the rock and fossil records. Rock layers are deposited with the oldest on the bottom except when faulting or folding has altered the order. Most recently deposited layers contain the most modern fossils.

“I Can” Statements

  1. I can explain why sedimentary rocks layered.
  2. I can defend assumptions scientists make to determine the relative ages of rock layers.
  3. I can describe conditions that led to some sedimentary rock layers not always having youngest rock on top and older rocks below.
  4. I can identify evidence fossils provide that shows Earth’s surface has changed.
  5. I can defend the assumption that more recently deposited rock layers are more likely to contain fossils resembling existing species than older rock layers.

Assessment
Multiple Choice-Essay test
Performance Test-Strange Creatures and Their Story

Curriculum Map ….. Pacing Guide

Learning Plan

Learning Activity Technology Application Lab Inquiry Lab Discussion Audio-Visual Reading/ Writing Students Teach Demonstration
8th grade Core Tracker
Stratigraphy in a Cup (new!) X
Earth History Power Point
X
Sequencing
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Underlying Assumptions
X
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Earth History Web site
X
A Trip Through Time
X
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Making a Fossil
X
Fossil Vocabulary
X
Modeling Earth Layers (new)
Horse Fossils(new)
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