suggested grade levels: 9-12 / College
view Idaho achievement standards for this lesson
1. Students will be exposed to the Digital Atlas of Idaho.
2. Students will understand how living things can form fossils and that scientists can study these fossils to learn about ancient life forms.
Encourage your students to use the geology section of the Digital Atlas of Idaho. Have your students work alone or in small groups. Let them explore the geology section of the Digital Atlas, advise them to pay careful attention to the fossils section and the basics section. Have them use their knowledge to complete the following worksheet. Click below for a printable pdf copy of the handout for your students. To get there: Click on Atlas Home, then on Geology. Tour the Fossils and Basics links
These are links to access the handouts and printable materials.
geo5ho.pdf | geo5AK.pdf | Geology
Taphonomy is the study of the process of fossilization. Fossils are the remains of past life forms. Scientists can learn a lot about past life forms by studying fossils. However, very few things form fossils because conditions have to be right in order for fossilization to occur. Use your knowledge and the Digital Atlas to answer the following questions:
1. What is paleontology and how it is different from archaeology or anthropology?
2. How old must a sample be, before it can be considered a fossil?
3. What conditions favor the formation of fossils? How might this cause the fossil record to be biased?
Geology: Geology Topics