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See Fossils and So Much More!!
Online Resources for K-12 Students and Educators from the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collection (ADBC) program.
https://www.idigbio.org/education/k-12-material
*Lesson Plans
* Tutorials
*Videos

*Apps & Websites

https://ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explorations/tours/intro/index.html
Choose Level 2 for Grades 9-12

Concepts covered in Level 2:
*Life is very diverse and has always been.
* Thirty million species of animals, plants, and organisms on Earth.
*Large part of this diversity made up of land plants, fungi, and protists.
*Picture sizes represent the size of group diversity.
*Diversity of life the result of evolution.
*History of Earth traced back 4.6 billion years.
*Fossils provide evidence of evolution and how life forms are related.
*Shared features and common ancestry through cladograms.
*Variation essential to evolution using Darwin’s finches and concepts.
*Only a small % of species survive.
*All things are related through common ancestry. Life continues to change resulting in the biodiversity we see today.

Getting into the Fossil Record -An Introduction

Level 2- Grades 9-12
https://ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explorations/tours/fossil/index.html
During this module students will learn:

  • what a fossil and the fossil record are.
  • how organisms become fossils.
  • the factors that promote fossilization.
  • the forces that can destroy or hide fossils.
  • how paleontologists find fossils.
  • why not all organisms will become part of the fossil record.

Stories From the Fossil Record

Stories From The Fossil Record (Grades 5-9) has 4 stories: Biodiversity, PaleoecologyPast Lives, and Geologic Time (On the Timelines/ Activities page).
https://ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explorations/tours/stories/middle/intro.html
Prerequisites to these lessons are the knowledge of what a fossil is and how fossils are formed.
In the Biodiversity story, students will learn that:

  • fossils help us understand how biodiversity has changed through time.
  • fossils help us understand how organisms are related.
  • most organisms that lived in the past are now extinct.
  • fossils provide evidence of mass extinctions.
  • the extinction of one species can affect other organisms.
  • recognizing changes in past biodiversity can give us clues about how biodiversity is changing today.

In the Paleoecology story, students will learn that:

  • Fossils provide clues about both abiotic and biotic factors of past ecosystems.
  • fossils provide evidence about the changes in climate and temperature of past ecosystems.
  • fossils can give us clues about how organisms interacted with one another.

In the Past Lives story, students will learn that:

  • some fossils can tell us about ages of individual organisms.
  • fossils can provide evidence about individual, family, and social behavior of organisms.
  • fossils can show how some features evolved and how the functions of these features have changed.

Grades 9-12-Teacher’s Lounge- Understanding How Science Really Works
Ideas to Assist Teachers
https://undsci.berkeley.edu/teaching/912.php
See College Levels Here:
https://undsci.berkeley.edu/teaching/1316.php

K-Pg Extinction Event Resources:
Visit: The Lunar and Planetary Institute for links to an understanding of impact cratering processes
and the K-Pg Boundary (formerly known as the K-T Boundary).
https://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/kring/Chicxulub/students-teachers/

The Lunar and Planetary Institute Resources :
*Classroom Illustrations
*Video Resources and Simulations
*Lab Exercises in Impact cratering and ejecta processes
*Posters of Environmental Effects of Impact Cratering
*Atlases of Earth’s Impact Craters seen from space-
Google Earth and Space Station and Shuttle images
*Dinosaur Cut-outs of Triceratops and Pterosaur
*Guidebook to the Geology of Meteor Crater in Arizona
*Animations of Impact Blast Zone
*”Traces of Catastrophe” Shock-Metamorphic Effects of Impact

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/PreK-12-Subject-Area/Archaeology
A link to many pages of good “archeological”/ paleontological activities.

Human Evolution


A)Human Evolution Lesson Plans http://humanorigins.si.edu/education/lesson-plans Grades 9-12
College Level plans are also available on this link.

from English News 24hour

B)Smithsonian’s Teaching Evolution through Human Examples
http://humanorigins.si.edu/education/teaching-evolution-through-human-examples – Overview.docx used with the Dropbox app
Curriculum Units:
1) Adaptation of Altitude
2) Malaria
3) Evolution of Human Skin Color
4) What Does It Mean to be Human?
Each Curriculum unit comes with 4-5 lessons taught over a 5-9 day period depending on the use of the Full or Condensed versions and other optional steps included. Teacher and student materials and a Powerpoint file come with each unit.

C) Human Evolution Evidence http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence on this Smithsonian site is extensive from human fossils, evidence of human behavior, genetics, dating processes that “age” the fossils, and interactive timelines and our family tree.

D) “Surprise! A New Hominin Fossil Changes … Almost Nothing!”
https://ncse.ngo/files/pub/evolution/a_garhi_lesson.pdf
A lesson for middle school or high school that explains the discovery of Australopithecus gardi (means “surprise”) using evolutionary tree and cladistics.