Dig into fossil formation with our engaging Fossils Lesson Plan. This interactive lesson prepares students to define fossil, compare and contrast types of fossils, and explain fossil formation. Engage creative imagination as students ponder what belongings they would want stored with their mummified body.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:
- Display the chicken and other meat bones for students to view. Ask: What kind of animal did the bones come from? How do you know? Do you think we could learn more about the animal by studying the bones?
- Allow for students’ responses and discussion. Ask students if they believe the bones are fossils. (Yes.) Lead the discussion introducing fossils and how they help scientists learn about the past.
- Distribute Fossils content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use the additional resources to enhance student understanding.
- Distribute the Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Distribute the scissors, glue, and construction paper (different colors).
- Allow students Internet access to complete the activity. Encourage students to use other sites to discover more information about the different dinosaur fossils.
- Once completed, allow student volunteers to share the information found during the research.
- Distribute the Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask students: If 5,000 years from now, your mummified body was found in ice, what belongings would you want people to find next to you and why?
- Allow for student responses and discussion.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.9
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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