Grade: 3 - Earth and Space Science 4

3.ESS.4
Determine how fossils are formed, discovered, layered over time, and used to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

I Can Statements Academic Vocabulary
I can determine how fossils are formed to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived.

I can determine how fossils are discovered to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived.

I can determine how fossils are layered to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived.

I can determine how fossils are used to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived.

Fossil
Organism
Environment
Formation

Cross Cutting Concepts
Structure and Function
*Different materials have different substructures, which can sometimes be observed.

Patterns
*Patterns of change can be used to make predictions.

Scale, Proportional, and Quantity
*Natural objects and/or observable phenomena exist from the very small to the immensely large or from very short to very long time periods.

Science and Engineering Process Standards
SEPS 1: Asking Questions and Defining Problems

SEPS 3: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

SEPS 7: Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Looking Back Looking Ahead
Observe a variety of soil samples and describe in words and pictures the soil properties in terms of color, particle size and shape, texture, and recognizable living and nonliving items. (1.ESS.3) Construct a model or scale drawing (digitally or on paper), based on evidence from rock strata and fossil records, for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6 billion-year-old history. (7.ESS.2)