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  • Digging into the Past

     Grade 3

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    Digging 1

    Program Description
    2 hour program
    1 class (32 students)
    Dinosaurs may be gone but how do we know they were here? Come along as we dig into the past. Students will use real fossils and live animals to explore how fossils provide evidence that some organisms have gone extinct, and what organisms and their environments looked like long ago.


    Pre-Visit Materials
    Lesson Plan
    Post Visit Materials

    Next Generation Science Standards

    Performance Expectation 

    3-LS4-1 Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

    3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Asking Questions
    Analyzing and Interpreting Data

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
    LS4.C: Adaptation

     Cross Cutting Concepts

    Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
    Cause and Effect
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    Connections to Nature of Science
    Scientific Knowledge Assumes an Order and Consistency in Natural Systems

     Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MD-CCRS)
    RI 3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
    RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect
    SL 3.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
    MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically.