Encounter Kits

Ancient Sea Life

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Teacher's Guide

Summary of Contents

ACTIVITY ONE - TIME TRAVEL

Learning Objective:
Students learn how to read time charts and time lines, and get an overview of the major events that have occurred through geologic time.

Contents:
Multicolored time line 
33 Event Cards 
Event Record Sheet 
Quick Reference Card for teacher
How Much is a Million?
Nature Scope: Digging into Dinosaurs
Roll of yellow twine  
Posters


ACTIVITY TWO - MEET THE SEA LIFE

Learning Objective:
Students discover the types of animals that lived during the Paleozoic Era.

Contents:
Fossils of 6 ancient sea-dwelling animals:
Pictures of ancient marine animals
Paleozoic Story 
Posters


ACTIVITY THREE - LET'S SORT IT OUT

Learning Objective:
Students discover the types of animals that lived during the Paleozoic Era.

Contents:
Fossils
Key to Fossil Invertebrates 
Fossil Background
AIMS Activity


ACTIVITY FOUR - JAWS

Learning Objective:
Students understand that sharks lived in shallow seas that once covered Nebraska.

Contents:
Packet of 20 Shark teeth and shark jaw 
Clam
Modern and ancient shark teeth template
Sea Searcher's Handbook
Articles
Posters


ACTIVITY FIVE - FOSSILS AND THEIR LIVING KIN

Learning Objective:
By making observations, students learn about some of the differences between the fossils of ancient sea animals and the shells of their present day relatives.

Contents:
Pairs of fossils and their living kin
Pictures of modern snails, bivalves, Nautilus, sea urchins, and corals.
Observe and Discover Cards 
Posters