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29 reviewed resources for life science inquiry fossils

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Meet the Dinosaurs

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Take your class of youngsters on a prehistoric adventure with this four-lesson series on dinosaurs. Accompanying the Meet the Dinosaurs books by Don Lessem, these lessons engage children in writing their own dinosaur books, making...
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Nannofossils Reveal Seafloor Spreading Truth

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Spread the word about seafloor spreading! Junior geologists prove Albert Wegener right in an activity that combines data analysis and deep ocean exploration. Learners analyze and graph fossil sample data taken from sites along the...
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Fossil Adventure

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students work as a class to write a general definition of fossil based on their discussion and examine pictures of the different types of fossils. Once discussion is complete, they write and illustrate a book about a T Rex that has died...
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Determining the Age of Fossils

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the concept of radioactive dating. In this radioactive dating lesson, students investigate how to determine the ages of fossils and rocks as they learn about half-life radioactive decay.
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How Do Scientists Find Fossils?

For Teachers K - 3rd
Young scholars explore how palentologists find and excavate fossils. They simulate a dinosaur dig by using different tools to remove a bone from a cup of plaster of paris. They experiment with the different tools making observations...
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Bermuda: Search for Deep Water Caves: Living Fossils

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore relict species. In this anchialine cave lesson, students identify relict species associated with anchialine caves, and explain the importance of preserving anchialine caves and species.
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Carbon Through the Seasons

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Meteorologists view an animated video by the Environmental Protection Agency to learn how the carbon cycle works, and then move into groups to analyze and graph actual data of the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration from Hawaii's...
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Mud Fossils

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students create their own fossils in an activity using plaster of paris and a variety of objects which can be fossils, e.g. chicken bones, twigs, shells, etc. After making their fossils, they allow them to dry and discuss time and its...
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The Earliest Primates

For Students 7th - 12th
In this early primate worksheet, students will read information about the fossil evidence of the earliest primates. Students will complete 3 short answer questions based on their reading.
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Roots: The Ancestry of Modern People

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate the models for the origin of modern humans and the conditions that facilitate speciation and evolution. The classification and nomenclature of hominid species is also examined.
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For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students build a realistic sense of geological time, seek clues of transition fossils and find them.  In this investigative lesson plan students complete several activities and worksheets on fossils. 
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Patterns In Time

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders examine fossils.  In this vertebrate fossils activity students view a demonstration.
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How Old Is Mike?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the absolute dating of fossils, they use a list of names and ages to determine the difference between relative age and absolute age. They explore the relative age and absolute age of people and of fossils.
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Energy in a Clean Environment

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars identify and describe the different types of energy and how it is transferred.  In this energy lesson students complete several activities including how to calculate joules, adding up wattage, and create a presentation on...
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Academic Challenge: Paleontology Time Capsule

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Learners explore the geological time line. In this inquiry based lesson, students create a time capsule that represents a geological time period. The class will examine the time capsules to determine what time period each represents.
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Tree Rings: Living Records of Climate

For Teachers 5th - 10th Standards
Open with a discussion on weather and climate and then explain how tree rings can provide scientists with information about the earth's past climate. Pupils analyze graphics of simulated tree rings from various US locations for the...
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Brain Zoo

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who doesn't love a day at the zoo? Use an observation and inference lab to get young anatomists to recognize similarities between mammalian species based on brain structures. You provide the brains, this lesson plan provides set-up...
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Animals And Plants In The Past

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students measure how big dinosaurs were and make models out of clay or dough. In this past animals and plants lesson plan, students write about the measuring process in their science journals.
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Corals and Chemistry

For Teachers 4th - 6th
After demonstrating the use of cabbage juice as a pH indicator, have your class experiment with their own breath, exhaling into the indicator, to show that carbon dioxide is acidic. As learners work, they also watch a video about coral...
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Human Evolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students make and use observations of Laetoli footprints to provide clues to life in the past. They collect and analyze data to study the relationship between foot length and body height.
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Fred the Fish -- A River Ran Wild

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th
Students apply cause and effect relationships to water pollution in a stream. In this pollution lesson students recognize the importance of clean water in their daily lives. Students accompany "Fred the Fish" as he travels down stream....
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Niches and Adaptations

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars present information about a species, its niche, and adaptations. In this instructional activity on animal environments, students explore how surroundings can affect a given population resulting in adaptation.
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The Great Jellybean Hunt

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars explore natural selection and its influence on the populations to fine tune traits and characteristics. The acquisition of traits developed out of need is examined through a game played in class.
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Observations and Inferences - Grade Nine

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Here is a well-written activity that will help beginning scientists understand the difference between observation and inference. Learners examine a photo of an astonaut on the moon and watch you perform a demonstration. For both, they...