Fossil ForensicsUnity and Diversity Learning Game

$2.99 per account
Note: each student will need an individual account in order to preserve save states and track student progress. Teachers will also need their own accounts to access the games.

About the Game

Fossil Forensics is a fossil learning game aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. Assist a museum curator by analyzing, comparing, and examining a collection of rare and ancient fossils. Make ancestral hypotheses about their skeletal systems, learning about trait inheritance, unity, and diversity. Work with the curator to assemble displays based on similarities and differences between groups of fossils.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify adaptations among similar organisms.
  • Investigate taxonomy by studying the similarities and differences among fossilized organisms.
  • Compare and contrast the physical attributes of fossilized organisms.
  • Theorize about evolutionary relationships among organisms based on time and physical attributes of fossils.
READ MORE
Fossil Forensics Unity and Diversity Learning Game Curriculum

Curriculum

Filament Learning curriculum is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, and Benchmarks for Science Literacy. Each supplemental curriculum unit includes a Teacher's Guide with discussion activities, workshops, labs, and assessments. Students follow along with the included Student Guide, which allows for seamless communication between the lessons and the gameplay.

Fossil Forensics Unity and Diversity Learning Game Teacher Dashboard

Teacher Dashboard

Check in on student progress with the Teacher Dashboard, which gives you visibility into which learning objectives your students have encountered, serving as a real-time assessment tool. If your students are stuck at any given point, the Teacher Dashboard will tell you where, so you can provide just-in-time intervention when students need it most.

Desktop

OPERATING SYSTEM:
Windows XP or newer
BROWSER
Internet Explorer 10 or newer, Firefox 17 or newer, Chrome 28 or newer
FLASH
Flash Player 10 or newer
PROCESSOR:
Intel core series processor or equivalent
MEMORY:
2 GB RAM
OPERATING SYSTEM:
Mac OS X 10.4 or newer
BROWSER
Firefox 17 or newer, Chrome 28 or newer, Safari 5 or newer
FLASH
Flash Player 10 or newer
PROCESSOR:
Intel core series processor or equivalent
MEMORY:
2 GB RAM
OPERATING SYSTEM:
Chrome OS 28 or newer
PROCESSOR:
Intel core series processor or equivalent
MEMORY:
2 GB RAM

Tablet

OPERATING SYSTEM
iOS 7 or newer
DEVICE:
iPad 2 or newer
OPERATING SYSTEM:
Android 4.2 or newer
PROCESSOR:
Quad-core processor
MEMORY:
2 GB RAM
  • MS-LS4-1

    Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.
  • MS-LS4-2

    Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.
  • LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

    • The collection of fossils and their placement in chronological order (e.g., through the location of the sedimentary layers in which they are found or through radioactive dating) is known as the fossil record. It documents the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of many life forms throughout the history of life on Earth. (MS-LS4-1)
    • Anatomical similarities and differences between various organisms living today and between them and organisms in the fossil record, enable the reconstruction of evolutionary history and the inference of lines of evolutionary descent. (MS-LS4-2)
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3

    Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

    Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
  • 5F/M1

    Small differences between parents and offspring can accumulate (through selective breeding) in successive generations so that descendants are very different from their ancestors.
  • 5F/M3a

    Many thousands of layers of sedimentary rock provide evidence for the long history of the earth and for the long history of changing life forms whose remains are found in the rocks.

Purchase Options

Features Included

Edu

Ideal for educators (or players who prefer to play on the web)

Standalone

Ideal for players (or educators who prefer to purchase via an app store)

Access to curriculum

Access to teacher dashboard

One-time Purchase

Playable in a web browser

Playable on Chromebooks

Playable on android tablets

Playable on iOS tablets

Requires Filament Account

Note: each student will need an individual account in order to preserve save states and track student progress. Teachers will also need their own accounts to access the games.

Questions?

Contact us to learn more about the power of game-based learning!