SHARKFINDER® CITIZEN SCIENCE

Recognized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Nature, Science, Scientific America and Voice of America.

Find a new species or first occurrence of a species. Work with unsearched fossil media to find shark, ray, and skate teeth from ocean sediments that date back millions of years. And, if you make a scientifically significant discovery, you get the credit!

When a participant of the SharkFinder® program finds a scientifically significant fossil specimen, they are acknowledged by name in the resulting professional publication. Contributors with a valuable contribution will receive a certificate of accomplishment.

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GETTING STARTED

  • Includes forming teams and assigning team names

  • Solving mathematical problems

  • Sifting of the matrix

FOSSIL MATRIX PREPARATION

  • Searching and identifying fossils and interesting specimens from the large sieve

  • Using digital microscopes and hand lenses for observation and classification

  • Packaging of findings for the lab

FOSSIL

INVESTIGATION

  • Searching and identifying fossils and interesting specimens from the small sieve

  • Using stereo microscopes and hand lenses for observation and classification

  • Packaging of findings for the lab

MICRO FOSSIL INVESTIGATION

SETTING UP THE LAB SPACE

  • Triple Beam Balance

  • 150 ML beaker

  • 2 large paper plates

  • 10 mesh and 35 mesh sieves

  • Task card "Massing your matrix sample"

  • 6 (5 gallon) buckets for water (fill to first line)

  • Matrix in a bucket with scooper (matrix must be slushy and not dry otherwise, fossils will break)

FOSSIL MATRIX PREPARATION

  • Sieved dry material from larger sieve

  • Two small paper plates (for color separation)

  • Toothpicks

  • Hand lens

  • Digital microscope

  • Eppendorf tube

  • Ziplock bag

  • Student information sheet

  • iPad

  • Identification charts

  • Task card "Observation & Classification"

FOSSIL

INVESTIGATION

  • Sieved dry material from smaller sieve

  • Small paper plates

  • Petri dish

  • Toothpicks

  • Stereo microscope 

  • Eppendorf tube

  • Ziplock bag

  • Student information sheet

  • Identification charts

MICRO FOSSIL

INVESTIGATION

RESOURCES

 

POORLY SIEVED

Matrix should be sieved until all gray sediment is broken down. Black indicates fossilization.

 

PROPERLY SIEVED

This sample was properly sieved as most of the sample is black material which indicates fossilization.

The more black material you have, the more you can investigate.

LESSON PLANS

All About Sharks

Grades 2-5

(Contact us to receive

the activity book)

Lesson Plan Database

Ocean Adventures: Educator Guide

COLLECTORS PATCH

Students can commemorate their SharkFinder® experience with a collectors patch by making a minimum $10 donation! Nearly 90% of donations received from your donation drive are returned back to you. Contact us to receive donation forms.

SOCIAL LEARNING

Flipgrid is a video social learning platform where students may share their findings and interact with SharkFinder® principal investigator

Shawn Hamm and paleontologist,

Jason Osborne.

 

To access the grid contact the ECISD Innovation Department at

(432) 456-0999.

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