What Can You Learn From Fossils?by: Thor Hansen and Irwin Slesnick

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At one point or another, it seems like all students are interested in paleontology. Wonderful extinct animals like dinosaurs excite the imagination like almost nothing else. Once you have the students' interest, you will find that a study of paleontology provides avenues of exploration into a wide variety of foundational sciences such as biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. The purpose of this set of activities is to enable students to engage in the same kind of investigative study as do paleontologists. Included in this free selection from Adventures in Paleontology: 36 Classroom Fossil Activities are nine lessons and corresponding activities. You will also find included, a Table of Contents, Introduction, and Index.

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  • on Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:13 PM

This downloadable chapter has an excellent and detailed explanations of scientific theory, law, and inquiry and the importance of correctly stating a hypothesis. Even if you don't specifically teach fossils in your curriculum, the innovative inquiry activities could be implemented during beginning year activities when "Inferencing Skills" are explored. Scale models and the calculation of scale is explained and taught in a manner that engaged my least motivated and learning disabled student.

Alyce D  (Peyton, CO)
Alyce D (Peyton, CO)

  • on Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:52 PM

This is an excellent resource for teachers looking for ways to incorporate process skills with a study of fossils. The free second chapter of this book highlights the wealth of information available to incorporate measuring, observing, inferring, hypothesizing, analyzing…the list goes on…into the learning of fossils. There are 36 activities designed for grades 5 – 8. Students will be motivated to learn about paleontology with hands-on, minds-on activities. Chapter 2 provides the first 9 activities free!

Carolyn Mohr  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn Mohr (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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