Earth and Space Science

Learning About Fossils

Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:56 AM

Hello,
 
I am a pre-service teacher who enjoys teaching science, and wants more ideas on teaching science, and incorporating science activities, particularly for teaching about fossils. Do any of you have any fun hands-on activities for teaching the processes of fossilization to 3rd-5th graders, or activities that involve making fossils, or digging for fossils?
 

Thank you!

Katherine Webb
Katherine Webb
320 Activity Points

Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:56 PM

Hi Katherine,

I found a few articles in the Learning Center that may be of help! The first is a set of trade books, including one that could be used for your older students. Check it out here:

http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/ss15_038_07_49

The second article I found gives some information about fossils, and then includes a set of places that you can go for further information. I hope this can get some ideas started for you:

http://common.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10.2505%2f4%2fss06_030_02_66

Does anyone else have any ideas to add?
Megan

Megan Doty
Megan Doty
5892 Activity Points

Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:33 AM

Hello.....

https://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive have clips/ lectures about fossils as well.


Joselyn

Joselyn Hermoso
Joselyn Hermoso
590 Activity Points

Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:24 PM

http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/homemade-fossils/

Katherine, heres a quick and easy fossil recipe! The students can go outside and find objects like twigs or leaves to fossilize. And if you just wanted to do a quick version, I'm sure playdoh would work just as well.
Good Luck!

Glory Scollon
Glory Scollon
530 Activity Points

Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:17 PM

I have my students make fossils from things like leaves, twigs, shells etc. I have used kid safe plaster of Paris but it’s a mess to work with so other alternative are clay, or play dough ( homemade is better.) The kids love making their molds.

Brenda Velasco
Brenda Velasco
1825 Activity Points

Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:43 PM

Hi Katherine,

This is such an interesting topic to focus on! I really enjoy history and dinosaurs so I love that you want to teach about this! I did some digging and I came across this amazing teacher blog: https://smartchickteacher.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/four-types-of-fossils/

The kids will be able to use a modeling clay to create different types of fossils. I thought it was super cool! I hope it helps!

Brittanie Erne
Brittanie Erne
670 Activity Points

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