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Phase I
  • Including forming teams and assigning team names

  • Solving mathematical problems

  • Sifting of the matrix

FOSSIL MATRIX PREPARATION

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Phase II
  • Searching and identifying fossils and interesting specimens from the large sieve

  • Using digital microscopes and hand lenses for observation and classification

  • Packaging of findings for the lab

FOSSIL INVESTIGATION

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Phase III
  • Searching and identifying fossils and interesting specimens from the small sieve

  • Using stereo microscopes and hand lenses for observation and classification

  • Packaging of findings for the lab

FOSSIL INVESTIGATION

GETTING STARTED

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Flipgrid is a video social learning platform where students may share their findings and interact with SharkFinder® principal investigator Shawn Hamm and paleontologist, Jason Osborne.

 

Contact the ECISD Innovation Department for Flipgrid password information at (432) 456-0999

Ready to get started?

Contact us here.

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SETTING UP THE LAB SPACE

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Phase I
  • Triple Beam Balance

  • 150 ML beaker

  • 2 large paper plates

  • 10 mesh and 35 mesh sieves

  • Task card "Massing your matrix sample"

  • 6 (5 gallon) buckets for water (fill to first line)

  • Matrix in a bucket with scooper (matrix must be slushy and not dry otherwise, fossils will break)

PHASE I MATERIALS

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Phase II
  • Sieved dry material from larger sieve

  • Two small paper plates (for color separation)

  • Toothpicks

  • Hand lens

  • Digital microscope

  • Eppendorf tube

  • Ziplock bag

  • Student information sheet

  • iPad

  • Identification charts

  • Task card "Observation & Classification"

PHASE II MATERIALS

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Phase III
  • Sieved dry material from smaller sieve

  • Small paper plates

  • Petri dish

  • Toothpicks

  • Stereo microscope 

  • Eppendorf tube

  • Ziplock bag

  • Student information sheet

  • Identification charts

PHASE III MATERIALS

SIEVED EXAMPLES

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Poorly sieved.

Matrix should be sieved until all gray sediment is broken down. Black indicates fossilization.

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Properly sieved.

This sample was properly sieved as most of the sample is black material which indicates fossilization.

The more black material you have, the more you can investigate.