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La Brea Tar Pits

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What lies beneath the dark surface? Wooly mammoths or their prey? Help us travel in time back in time to the Ice Ages to find Wally the Wooly’s way home. The Ice Ages hold the secrets that we will discover together as we explore the science of the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. Using the science of today, we extract the secrets of the past in these fossil producing death traps. During our exciting program, students will tour the grounds of the most famous fossil site on earth and learn about some of the magnificent beasts that were excavated from the Tar Pits – right in the middle of bustling Los Angeles – and of course, they will (hopefully) be able to help Wally find his way back home, to the Ice Ages.

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Program Details

Host educator introduces the location and the field educators.
The students explore the external excavation pits with the field hosts.
The internal host takes students to the science lab where they see the process of sorting and preparing fossils for preservation.
Host and field educators assist students with the identification of animals excavated and recreated from the tar pits.
The program concludes with goodbyes and questions/answers.

Objectives

Students can identify animals excavated from the natural asphalt tar pits.
Students can recognize the stages of fossil excavation, preparation, and preservation.
Students can explain the role the tar pits played in preserving Ice Age history.
Students can interpret fossil clues to hypothesize what animals inhabited the tar pits.

Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.RI.3 — Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.SL.1 — Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.SL.1c — Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.SL.1 — Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.SL.3 — Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.3.SL.1 — Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.SL.1 — Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.SL.1 — Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.SL.1 — Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.W.7 — Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.7.SL.1 — Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.SL.1 — Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
ESS1C 3-5 — The history of planet Earth
ESS1C 6-8 — The history of planet Earth
ESS1C 9-12 — The history of planet Earth
ESS1C K-2 — The history of planet Earth
LS2A 3-5 — Interdependent relationships in ecosystemsUS National Science Curriculum Standards K-12 Earth and Space Science