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Frederick County Fossil Dig

Frederick County Fossil Dig

A junior researcher at the Smithsonian Institute suggested the following location as a potential dig site for the Science in Your Backyard program. Using the knowledge you gained from the Frederick Fossil Dig project, predict whether or not scientists will be able to find fossils at that location. Justify your predication by including the following information

Type of rock or rocks found in that location and whether they are igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic

The processes involved in the formation of that category of rock and whether they allow for the formation of fossils

The time period in which the rock formed and whether or not organisms alive during that time were likely to leave fossils.
 


Dig site: Please use the dig site you were assigned in class. 

You can find the Frederick County Geologic Map at http://www.mgs.md.gov/esic/geo/fre.html.   Click on the map to zoom in, click on the map key to the left of the map to access a description of the rocks found in that geologic province. 
 

Frederick Fossil Dig Summative Assessment
           
           
Student Name:     ________________________________________      
           
CATEGORY Exceeds Expectations 5 Meets Expectations 4 Approaching Expectations 3 Expectations Not Met 2 No Response 0
Content Accuracy   Student correctly addresses all criteria in their dig site analysis. Student correctly addresses most criteria in their dig site analysis. Student correctly addresses some criteria in their dig site analysis. Student does not correctly address any of the criteria in their dig site analysis.
Required Elements All required elements are included in the response at a level of detail that exceeds grade level expectations. All required elements are included in the response at a level that meets grade level expectations. Required elements may be included but not at grade level expectations OR one required element is missing. More than one required element is missing. None of the required elements are included.
Science Vocabulary Student demonstrates excellent use of related science vocabulary and defines any terms that may be unfamiliar to the reader. Student demonstrates excellent use of related science vocabulary. Student uses related science vocabulary but it is not clear that they understand all of the terms they have used. Student uses limited science vocabulary or uses terms incorrectly. Student does not use appropriate science vocabulary.
Writing Conventions   Response is well written with no spelling or grammar errors. Response is well written, but has minor spelling or grammar issues. Response has major spelling and/or grammar issues. Response is difficult to read and understand. Response is illegible or so poorly constructed that it is impossible to understand.