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Found 11 resources for the concept: Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable

Adventures at Dry Creek
In this interactive web-based module students conduct a simulated field study at a fossil dig in Montana.

Audience: 6-8

Source: UC Museum of Paleontology

Resource type: Online activity or lab

Climate Analysis Using Planktonic Foraminifera
Students manipulate, plot, and interpret data on the occurence of a particular species of foraminifera in the fossil record in order to infer changes in climate during the last 160,000 years.

Audience: 6-8

Source: Olson, Hilary

Resource type: Classroom activity

Dino-Data
Students are presented with a set of data about dinosaurs and are asked to make hypotheses about what the data can tell us.

Audience: 6-8

Source: UC Museum of Paleontology

Resource type: Classroom activity

Discovering the great tree of life
This short video introduces basic concepts in phylogenetics and provides a model to help understand lineage-splitting.
This resource is available from the Peabody Museum of Natural History

Audience: 6-8

Source: Peabody Museum of Natural History

Resource type: Video

Dogs and Turnips
In this lesson students attempt to assemble a meaningful sentence by successively turning over cards with words on them. The point is made that we change our ideas of what a story may be as we gather more information.

Audience: 6-8

Source: UC Museum of Paleontology

Resource type: Classroom activity

Getting into the Fossil Record
In this interactive module students are introduced to fossils and the fossilization process by examining how fossils are formed and the factors that promote or prevent fossilization.

Audience: 6-8

Source: UC Museum of Paleontology

Resource type: Online activity or lab

Inferring Ancient Environments from Fossil Foraminifera
Students analyze actual data from samples of microfossils collected from a particular locality. They use this data to infer water depths in the Miocene in order to locate potential petroleum reserves.

Audience: 6-8

Source: Olson, Hilary

Resource type: Classroom activity

Interpreting the Tracks
Students discover the relationships among foot length, leg length, stride length and speed in bipedal animals that provide clues about dinosaur speed.

Audience: 6-8

Source: UC Museum of Paleontology

Resource type: Classroom activity

Lines of evidence: The science of evolution
The theory of evolution is broadly accepted by scientists — and for good reason! Learn about the diverse and numerous lines of evidence that support the theory of evolution.

Audience: 6-8

Source: UC Museum of Paleontology

Resource type: Tutorial

Understanding Geologic Time
A web-based module in which students gain a basic understanding of geologic time, the evidence for events in Earth's history, relative and absolute dating techniques, and the significance of the Geologic Time Scale.

Audience: 6-8

Source: UC Museum of Paleontology

Resource type: Online activity or lab

Great Fossil Find
Students are taken on an imaginary fossil hunt and hypothesize as to the identity of the creature they discover. Students revise their hypotheses as new evidence is "found."

Audience: 6-8

Source: ENSI

Resource type: Classroom activity

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