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The Mysteries of Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry

 

Three separate, standards-aligned investigations designed to take your middle school students and you on an adventure to research some of the biggest questions paleontologists have asked about this world-renowned dinosaur quarry. Try one or try them all. Either way your students will use 3D scanned images of our fossils, expert modeling through scientist-led videos, and field notes to gather evidence, reason with that evidence and construct arguments that do more than just answer their research questions – rather, they provide an evidence-based response to the question at-hand. Target Audience: 6th - 8th Grades Aligned to Utah SEED standards 7.2.2, 7.2.6, 7.5.2, and 7.5.3 and NGSS MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS4-1, and LS4-2, as well as, DOK levels 1-4 and ELA Common Core Standards.

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Change in the Uinta Mountains: Normal or Not?

 

Four separate, standards-aligned investigations designed to engage your students in the phenomena of change and stability in ecosystems. Using a combination of museum specimens, simulations, and authentic data, your students will explore rapid changes being observed in the Uinta Mountains of Utah. Students will gather and analyze evidence to determine the degree to which current changes follow historical patterns and to assess potential impact now and in the future. Students will develop evidence-based explanations and engage in spirited debate with their peers to explain and predict changes in the mountain ecosystem. Each of the four investigations targets a key question about the ecosystem and can be used alone or in combination. Target Audience: 6th - 8th Grades Aligned to Utah SEED standard 6.4 and NGSS MS-LS2, as well as, DOK levels 1-4 and ELA Common Core Standards.

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Investigating Artifacts

 

Coming Soon! Two new, standards-aligned investigations use select artifacts from the Natural History Museum of Utah’s (NHMU) archaeology collections to support students in their work to develop an evidenced-based understanding of the people who lived more than 1,000 years ago. Museum archaeologists and educators lead students through these phenomenon-based investigations to examine factors that drive innovation with synthetic materials using ceramics as a case study. Additionally, students can engage in the science of archaeology as they examine the NHMU’s field site, Range Creek, to analyze artifacts and other primary sources to make evidence-based inferences about the people who lived there prior to European expansion of the Americas. Target Audience: 6th-8th Grades. Aligned to Utah U.S. I Standard 1.1, Utah SEED standard 8.1.4, NGSS PS1.A, as well as, DOK levels 1-4 and ELA Common Core Standards.

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