• Including forming teams and assigning team names

  • Solving mathematical problems

  • Sifting of the matrix

FOSSIL MATRIX PREPARATION

  • 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

  • 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

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

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SETTING UP THE LAB SPACE

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Poorly sieved.

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

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.

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