Digging Science: Building a fossil pit in your schoolyardby: T. Griffith Jones and Linda Cronin Jones

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Many scientists are treasure hunters—the valued treasure resulting from a hunt can range from discovering a new component of a neutron to locating a new star in a distant galaxy. These monumental treasures are usually discovered by established scientists, but young future scientists can also experience the thrill of scientific discovery in schoolyards. In this activity, the focus was on locally accessible fossils, and this article describes how they made the study of fossils fun and realistic by constructing a small fossil pit in their schoolyard.

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  • on Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:15 PM

I think that this would be a really fun and good activity to do in a school because it is something that could be used by all the grades at that school. I like this activity because it would allow the students to be outside and it could better help to reach many different modalities that students may have and this is something that I am always looking for to help students to learn. This is something that I would like to do someday in the future when I am a teacher at a school.

Nicholas Stumpf
Nicholas Stumpf

  • on Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:51 PM

This project will definitely be beyond the average classroom teacher's budget, however, with careful planning, a few good volunteers, and a grant or well advertised bake sales - it's certainly doable and definitely worthwhile. Excellent project! Now where did I put that raptor claw?

Kendra Young  (Lake Stevens, WA)
Kendra Young (Lake Stevens, WA)

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