Info…about October 14, 2017…

Lunch provided for all…

Workshop registration will be posted at MIDAS…


For 2017, the date is Saturday OCTOBER 14th 2017


Trilobite Day is for all Utah teachers and their families, AND there's workshop after lunch.


Consider the phenomenon:

Lake Bonneville did not have trilobites but we find evidence of trilobites here on the mountain.


The workshop explores The History of Planet Earth, a core concept of the science curriculum. How do geologists figure out relative age, meaning, what is younger than versus older than? Enjoy Teacher Trilobite Day with or without the 2-hr-relicensure credit workshop.


Where? UDig Quarry west of Delta

For information about UDig Quarry including maps, instructions on how long it takes and what roads are most convenient. http://www.u-digfossils.com/index.html



Can any Utah teacher go to that quarry with family that day and get the discount?? And be coached about fossils?  YES


Why would I take the OnTrack workshop? In addition to being able to collect fossils as part of Teacher Trilobite Day and lunch, teachers can earn 2 hour USBE relicensure credit.


When will we be able to register via MIDAS? MIDAS should be on-line significantly before the workshop. If not… not to worry! You’ll get credit. Just show up, sign the roll, and it will work out!


Do we need to bring equipment? No. UDig provides rock hammers, safety glasses, and buckets for rocks with fossils. The fees are reduced for all Utah teachers on Teacher Trilobite Day, not just for teachers taking the workshop. SAFETY first, rocks move, be sensible. You must sign the UDig waiver and pay their fee to dig for fossils. There’s no additional fee for the lunch / workshop.


Bring WATER, sun protection…


What about clothing? Wear sensible shoes and clothes. October can be windy and chilly or uncomfortably hot. Rocks can be uncomfortable to sit on. I wear hiking books, long pants, and may bring a cushion to sit on. I wear sunglasses and a hat to keep hair under control if windy. It’s rarely buggy, but can be. Most important, wear sensible shoes.


Can family come too? Yes for Teacher Trilobite Day in the quarry and for lunch. However, the USBE workshop session is for teachers. If youngsters are along, make sure someone is responsible for them while you’re in the workshop.


Will there be information about the trilobites? YES the quarry folks are wonderfully friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating.

LINK to the workshop handout (DRAFT). LINK to a simplified trilobite identification sheet

AND… totally optional, here’s the LINK to a series of MP3 recordings of what you can see along the way. SAFETY FIRST. Do not take chances driving and watching geology. Hands on the wheel, eyes on the road.


When do we have to arrive by?

Get to the quarry any time before noon and start finding fossil trilobites.

Trilobites were the climax species of their time, creatures of the seas of 500 million years ago when what-is-now Utah was south of the equator and at sea level (!).



LUNCH: Begins about noon for teachers and their families.

WORKSHOP: after lunch (1PM until about 2:30PM).

REGISTRATION: No limit to the number of teachers who qualify for discounted price for fossil collection on Teachers' Trilobite Day. No limit on registration because plans change and past registration hasn’t predicted participation. About 10 – 20 teachers have participated each year. Please register, but if you don’t, come anyway. You’ll get credit.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOME: After this workshop, teachers will know the rules of geologists’ “relative age” and be able to apply them, first to construct of a sandwich (!), and then to interpret the age of rock units.

ACTIVITY – Lunch = build a stratigraphic sandwich. Then, using the approach of, work in groups to explain the evidence of how your sandwich came to be. What layer came first, etc. etc?

APPROACH – Cross-cutting concepts (patterns, stability and change); Core ideas (content knowledge) History of Planet Earth (Utah’s geologic history); and Scientific practices (asking questions, interpreting evidence).

Content knowledge will be the skill to interpret relative age (younger than / older than),

APPLICATION / CHALLENGE – Observe the region's rock layers and cross-cutting surfaces. Figure out which rock layers are older than others and which are the youngest. By the end of the workshop, teachers should understand how to figure out the age difference between the gray bedrock with trilobites versus the sediments of Sevier Lake / Lake Bonneville.

HOMEWORK – No. Is there homework? No. There’s an in-class worksheet. For credit, please sign the roll, provide your teacher information, and turn in the worksheet.


QUESTIONS? email = genevieveatwoodATcomcast.net and cell 801,647'8155 … . There’s no cell service at the quarry.


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