Lesson Plan: Evidence of Change | Nagwa Lesson Plan: Evidence of Change | Nagwa

Lesson Plan: Evidence of Change

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to identify which Earth processes impact rock strata and describe how scientists use patterns in rocks and fossils to explain historical events.

Objectives

Students will be able to

  • describe some of Earth’s processes that form rock layers,
  • describe some of Earth’s processes that disrupt rock layers,
  • explain what an index fossil is,
  • explain what a key bed is,
  • explain how scientists use index fossils and key beds to determine events in the geological history of the Earth,
  • explain evidence for the mass extinction.

Prerequisites

Students should already be familiar with

  • what fossils are,
  • Earth’s processes,
  • types of rock: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary,
  • plate tectonics.

Exclusions

Students will not cover

  • the formation of fossils,
  • fossil types,
  • the geologic time scale.

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