THIS ASSIGNMENT IS DUE 5/27/16
STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE A DATE TO PRESENT DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF SCHOOL
Fossil Hunting Expedition
It is my intention to go on a trip up the east coast of the United States hunting fossils for up to five days this summer. My only problem is that I’m not certain where to look, and which fossils I should go hunting for. There’s a large variety of rock ages up and down the east coast, which means a there’s a large variety of ancient species to look for.
This is where you come into play. I need you to develop a fossil hunting expedition for me this summer. I’ll be reviewing each group’s work and determining where I, and my money for the trip, go. In a way, you can think of this as a persuasive/argumentative project. You may work solo or in pairs to develop this trip. In the end, regardless of whether or not your expedition is chosen, each group-member will receive a grade OR up to 2,000 XP based on the quality of your proposal.
You will be presenting your proposed expedition as a PowerPoint or Prezi… remember that you’re trying to sell me on taking your trip… be persuasive!
Presentation Points (these points are based on the quality of your PowerPoint or Prezi and your ability to sell the idea to the class.)
- Presentation Craftmanship – 20 points possible
- Appropriate images are included to keep interest up and explain your information.
- Just enough text is used to help people understand the message… too much text in a PowerPoint is distracting, boring, and annoying for the crowd.
- Font and background colors work well together and do not make parts hard to read.
- Presentation Persuasiveness – 30 points possible
- Everyone involved in the project is full of energy and keeping the crowd awake. Watch some infomercials from Billy Mays on Youtube for help on this.
- The presentation has been built to be persuasive, that is, the presentation does a good job of trying to get me to take your trip. Be aggressive! You’re making a sales pitch!
- Presentation Timing – 10 points possible
- The presentation is between 2-10 minutes long, the sweet spot for delivery. Any less or more will cause some points to be lost.
Required Presentation Information and Content (does not have to be in this order on your presentation; you may also want to have the information typed up on a single reference sheet for everyone.)
- Description of Rocks and Fossils – 120 points possible
- What types of rocks am I going to be digging through? (20 pts)
- Where are the fossil sites located that I’ll be digging in? (20 pts)
- How old are the rocks I’ll be digging through? (20 pts)
- What types of fossils should I be able to find in the rocks I’ll be digging through? (20 pts)
- Add pictures to help me identify fossils that I might find in any dig sites I visit. (20 pts)
- Do any organisms I might find fossilized help explain my evolutionary ancestry? (20 pts)
- Map – 30 points possible that includes (you may want to use Google Maps to help with this piece)
- Route I’ll be driving, highlighted somehow (10 pts)
- Cities I’ll be staying in, highlighted somehow (10 pts)
- Locations of fossil sites I’ll be working in. (10 pts)
- Budget – 40 points possible that doesn’t exceed $500. Include:
- Gas Money – assume gas costs $2.00 per gallon and my car gets 28 mpg. (10 pts)
- Hotel/Lodging/Sleeping Money (10 pts)
- Food Money (10 pts)
- Tools/Instrument Money – any specific fossil hunting instruments will have to be purchased, I currently only have a rock hammer. (Use Amazon.com for any purchases… I have free 2-day shipping!) (10 pts)
- Licenses – 10 points possible
- Some states/counties/cities may require special permits for me to dig in the area. Research what it will take for me to legally dig if the land is publicly owned, or owned by the government (like a roadside cutting or state park). If the land is privately owned, or owned by a person or company, who will I need to contact to get permission to dig? Give me phone numbers, e-mail addresses, or some contact info.
- Itinerary – 20 points possible
- Detail what I’ll be doing for up to five days straight on an hourly basis.
- Assume that I will need to spend at least seven hours a day sleeping, and can drive up to ten hours a day (at the speed limit!) if necessary. Don’t forget to give me time to eat!
- Other Details – 10 points possible
- What will the weather be like where I’m going? Should I dress warmly, or be prepared for heavy rain? If you have me going out into a creek or river to look for fossils, I’ll need special gear for that. How easily accessible is your fossil site? Do I need to be watchful for large predators?