Digging the Pastby: Katherine Sorel

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This article describes a paleontological dig created for third- and fourth-grade students. The purpose of the activity was to have students experience firsthand the process of developing hypotheses about the history of our planet based on the evidence provided by the fossil record.

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  • on Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:21 PM

A third/fourth grade teacher explains how she created a dig site using clear plastic bins. She was able to utilize a local museum to acquire fossil kits. She also suggests suppliers that offer fossil kits for sale. A student worksheet is included as are details of what worked well with her students during this lesson on geologic time. Also, there are a couple of literature connections. The author notes that she teaches in a small elementary school for students with a wide range of learning disabilities. Her class sizes were under 12 students per class. Creating 3 or 4 bins for 3 or 4 students each is manageable with these smaller class sizes. A teacher with twice as many students would need several more bins to make this lesson hands-on for larger class sizes.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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