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Tracking Global Change Through Ocean Fossils

STEM Subject

Tracking Global Change Through Ocean Fossils

National Middle School Science Standards

Earth Science, Life Science 

Key Terms:

paleobiology, foraminifera, plankton, ocean fossils, indicator species, extinction, climate change 

Key Concepts:

  • Studying the fossil record of small ocean animals 
  • What foraminifera reveal about Earth's history 
  • Earth's deep history of climate change
  • Causes and consequences of climate change
  • Technology used by paleobiologists 

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

These microscopic ocean organisms called foraminifera are great indicators of global climate changes. These microscopic ocean organisms called foraminifera are great indicators of global climate changes.
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RESOURCES ABOUT TRACKING GLOBAL CHANGE THROUGH OCEAN FOSSILS

Middle School Level

 

High School Level 

 

Gifted Readers

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NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

The Global Change Through Ocean Fossils teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations:

Earth Science

MS-ESS1

Earth's Place in the Universe
  • MS-ESS1-4Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth's 4.6-billion-year-old history.

MS-ESS2

Earth's Systems
  • MS-ESS2-2Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales.
Life Science

MS-LS4

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • MS-LS4-1Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.
  • MS-LS4-2Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

MS-ESS1, MS-ESS2, MS-LS4

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Medium shot of paleobiologist Dr. Brian Huber in a t-shirt out in the field working with his hands in a round metal bowl.
Brian Huber
Paleobiologist and Curator of Planktic Foraminifera

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