Project 2: Fossils

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Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Learning Outcomes
Resource Connections

  General Information

Lead Teachers:Derick Reid - Learning Resource Teacher

Colleen King - Science Teacher

Grade Level:Grade 8
Number of Students:15-20 students selected from the Grade 8 classes.

  Project Overview

A major fossil find is located within the boundaries of Fortune. This ecological reserve provides an opportunity for students to research information about fossils, how they are formed, the different types. Contact with geologists, research on other sites in Newfoundland and Canada and publication of the Fortune Site on the internet are important aspects of this project.


  1. To develop an understanding that fossils provide information about ancient plants and animals.
  2. To link students with appropriate scientists via email.
  3. To create a resource of relevant information regarding the Fortune Ecological Reserve.
  4. To create a resource of information on fossils and links to several other fossil finds in Canada.
  5. To use the WWW to create and publish information in an attractive format.

  Curriculum Connections


The science curriculum at this level include a unit entitled "The Earth's Crust" of which fossil study is an integral part. Curriculum objectives include such things as defining fossils, describing conditions suited to preservation of fossils, identifying different types and explaining how fossils can be used to correlate the ages of rocks.

These concepts, and extension of these concepts, can be completed under this project.

Language Arts

Skills in all areas of Language Arts will be developed and enhanced. To complete the project, students will be involved in reading and interpreting information, writing, interviewing, discussion, etc.

  Learning Outcomes

  1. Define fossils as the remains or traces of prehistoric organisms preserved in the earth's crust.
  2. Describe conditions which are best suited for the preservation of organisms as fossils.
  3. Recognize that fossils represent a limited sample of all life forms that may have been present in the geologic past.
  4. Propose an explanation of why fossils are mainly associated with sedimentary rock and not with igneous or metamorphic rock.
  5. Use the principle of superposition to determine the relative age of sedimentary rocks and the fossils contained in them.
  6. Students will describe how trace fossils are formed.
  7. Students will identify the different types of fossils.
  8. Students will appreciate the value of fossils as clues to past life on earth and time indicators.
  9. Students will explain how fossils can be used to correlate the ages of rocks from different locations.
  10. Students will use online searching and email communications to determine the basis for the Fortune Ecological reserve and other similar reserves in Canada.

Learning Outcomes for Language Arts are associated with this project.

  Resource Connections

     The STELLAR schools internet connection
     Web Page Development Software
     Connections with Geologists
     HP Scanner


The above learning outcomes will be the basis for evaluation of students. Teachers will monitor student abilities and access their research and scientific processes.

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