Let’s Dig! Exploring Fossilsby: Jessica Fries-Gaither and Terry Shiverdecker

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This chapter invites students to assume the role of paleontologists in a simulated dig in order to answer the question, What can we learn from studying fossils? Correspondence with a mysterious (fictional) paleontologist and the reading of informational text helps students develop a plan for excavating dig sites. As students discover fossils and sediments, they use a variety of texts to answer authentic questions about the fossils and their formation. Finally, they prepare a report about the history of the dig site and the types of living organisms once found there.

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  • on Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:27 PM

I really like this book as it allows you to have ten already made lessons to do for a fossil dig that are really easily broken down and easy to use. I used this book when I did a unit on fossils and this book made it so easy to do the fossil dig and allow the students to learn what I wanted them to learn. Another thing that I like about this book is that it allows you to play with the students imagination as you can pretend like someone is asking you to do the fossil dig and from experience the students really like this part.

Nicholas Stumpf
Nicholas Stumpf

  • on Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:12 AM

I found this to be a great resource when talking about fossils in a classroom. It gives great details in the ten lessons that make it easy to implement it in your classroom. The fossil dig allows for students to interact with one another and help each other learn. When I taught these lessons all the students were excited and engaged each day. I would recommend this resource to anyone teaching fossils in their classroom.

Dakota Grosscup
Dakota Grosscup

  • on Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:30 PM

Excellent personal and narrative writing, measurement, mapping skills, and fossil exploration are combined in this ten lesson unit as students explore the STEM skills needed to become a paleontologist. NGSS, Common Core, and typical student misconceptions are presented in easy to read data tables, while the 5E presentation model is utilized. The preparation and procedures are detailed. Guided questions, research, presentations, cooperative group interaction and ample writing opportunities allow for an educator or a team of colleagues to pick and choose a few or expand on enrichment suggestions to have this unit become a festival of learning.

Alyce Dalzell  (Peyton, CO)
Alyce Dalzell (Peyton, CO)

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