Connecting the environment of the ancient past with the natural and cultural history of yesterday and today.
Waldron Shale Project:
An Educational Initiative For the Science Classroom
A collaboration of the Falls of the Ohio State Park
and Bellarmine University
Goals and Objective
Utilize fossil-rich Waldron Shale as a classroom tool to explore science with a multidisciplinary approach that leads to a better understanding of the scientific processes and while contributing to a better understanding of the Silurian Waldron Shale by collecting usable data for scientific research.
Students will investigate the Waldron Shale to become familiar with the processes of science and its connections to math, writing, language arts, and visual arts.
Students will develop a feeling of ownership contributing to project as a scientist, illustrator or author.
Coiled crinoid Myelodactylis
Better understanding of the distribution of
skeletal and trace fossils with comparisons
to the classic Waldron investigations.
Document types and frequency of epizoans /
symbionts among the fossils.
Look for new or poorly described species.
Fardenia subplana brachiopod (with pyrite)
The Waldron Shale Project website will contain:
Unidentified cyrtocone cephalopod
About the Waldron Shale to be used in is project:
Clark County, Indiana deposits were first exposed in 1994 at the Atkins and Sellersburg Quarries and have not been the subject of scientific research.
College class investigates the Waldron Shale
How to participate
The project is still in the early stages of development. Our goal is to select no more than six teachers in Indiana and six in Kentucky to test the lessons in the 2015-16 school year. We are creating and will test the activities this spring will have a professional development this summer to train the selected educators.
We are gathering names of educators for future participation. Using Indiana Academic Standards for Science and Kentucky Next Gen Standards, we are targeting the third, fourth, and seventh grades. We will expand into the high school level in the future.
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Grade you teach: ___________________
This will fit into my lessons in:
__Fossils / History of Life
__Science application / processes
Tools and Information
Used by the Falls of the Ohio staff for labs
Waldron Shale Project Committee
Melissa Martin, Geneva Fry, Brian Brewer, Debbie Jinks (K-12 educators),
Gary Potter (IUS) and Dr. Kate Bulinski (Bellarmine University)
Not shown: Alan Goldstein (IDNR)
Total thickness of the Waldron Shale in Clark County, Indiana is 10-feet.
This exposure is in the bottom of the Atkins Quarry.
Created January 30, 2015, Updated February 1, 2017.