Fossils ended today…and really science ended today…we must go back to social studies.
Although I enjoy science more, social studies is much less stressful. What with the experiment set up and different materials and supplies needed on top of the fact that I teach openings more on the content and lead discussions in the closings about the experiment (if a child doesn’t end up throwing something across the room and need my disciplinary attention). It’s just a lot going on.
I have a fossil packet for FREE on teachers pay teachers. Find it here. This pack includes a pre assessment with answer key, a post assessment with answer key, an experiment power point presentation, study guide, and paleontologist interview.
Here are some images of our science notebook entries for fossils:
Our standard, essential questions, and pre and post Post It notes
Handout on how fossils are formed
Pocket to hold our paleontologist interview sheet
Fact and Opinion Sort on dinosaurs
Dino Dig recording sheet
Here are some images from some of our fossil activities for the week:
These images go with the free power point for Fossil Imprints. It is so simple. Take three plates. Put pebbles on one plate, sand on another, and flour (similar texture to silt and not as messy) on the third. Have the students push their hands one at a time on each plate. Observe the differences in the prints. Discuss which sediment allowed for the best imprint and why.
This is an image of dino dig. I went to the dollar tree and purchased a square tupperware container with lid and plastic dinosaurs. I put the dino in the container and filled the container with rice. Then I used ribbon and take to grid off the fossil dig site. Then we used popsicle sticks to probe the earth. We also used spoons as shovels once we hit something with our probe. Super simple, but makes students realize how difficult it is to extract fossils.
We also made fossils. I do not like plaster of paris, so I used a different recipe.
Fossil Clay Recipe:
1 1/2 cups cold water
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups baking soda
Mix together in a sauce pan. It will be hard to stir at first. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes stirring constantly until consistency of mashed potatoes. Knead until smooth. Keeps in an airtight container. Will harden overnight if left out.
Great week of science!
So, as sad as I am to leave science I know we will return. Now on to Mary McLeod Bethune…