Nannofossils Reveal Seafloor Spreading Truth

Summary:

Students interpret data from an early leg of the scientific ocean drilling program to determine how scientists solidified their understanding of seafloor spreading.
Topic: 
Microfossils
Activity Type: 
Classroom Activities
Grade level: 
5-8

Curriculum standards

National Science Education Content Standards: 
Standard B: Science as inquiry
Standard C: Physical science
Standard D: Life science
Standard E: Earth and space science
Next Generation Science Standards: Cross Cutting Concepts: 
Patterns
Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, quantity
System and system models
Structure and function
Stability and change
Next Generation Science Standards: Science and Engineering Practices: 
Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence
Next Generation Science Standards: Core Ideas: 
ESS1. C The history of the planet Earth
ESS2.A Earth materials and systems
ESS2.B Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions
ESS2. E Biogeology
LS1.B Growth and development of organisms
LS1.C Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
LS2.B Cycles of matter and energy transfer in ecosystems
LS3. B Variation of traits
PS1.A Structure of matter
PS2.A Forces and motion