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Tales from California’s Channel Islands: Arlington Springs Man

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
West of the West's Arlington Springs Man series documents the history of the archeological digs on Santa Rosa Island and the discovery of human and mammoth bones that challenge the once-popular theories of human migration to the...
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What's the Big Deal About Paleontology?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Paleontologists could be considered detectives of the past. A quick online lesson describes the science of paleontology and the importance of fossils. Young scientists read about how paleontologists analyze the features of fossils to...
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Paleontology Books

For Students 6th - 12th
A list of 11 books about paleontology offers titles, authors, and a brief description of the tale.
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Bending Fossils: Experiments In Paleontology (Harvard Adventures, Part 3)

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How can we bend a fossil? Junior paleontologists explore the joint movements of extinct species in Brain Scoop's Fossils and Geology series. The narrator works with a paleontology curator to show the experiments performed on the...
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How to Fossilize Yourself

For Students 4th - 9th Standards
Here is an unusual question: How can I become a famous fossil for future generations to examine and adore? It is from this comical perspective that viewers learn how fossilization occurs. Show this for your middle school paleontologists...
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What Do You Know About PaleontOLogy?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Believe it or not, some dinosaurs are not extinct. Discover this and other interesting facts about dinosaurs in a 10-question online quiz. As individuals answer questions, the resource provides them with feedback and additional facts...
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Paleo-Dig

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students will comprehend the use of simple grids and the basic principles and skills used on a paleontological dig, such as the Illampi Mound Colony. They incorporate a systematic investigation. Students analyze a variety of different...
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Practicing Paleontology

For Students 2nd - 6th
In this paleontology activity, students use newspaper, fossils, a ruler, and more to discover what is inside a fossil. Students then answer 4 questions about their activity.
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Dinosaur! Fossil Rush: Tale of a Bone

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Explore 1870s when a "bone rush" led to amazing discoveries, as fossil-hunters risked life and limb in their quest for dinosaur remains. The class uses the attached visual encyclopedia to prep for a discussion on early paleontology. Two...
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Guess Who Came to Dinner!

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
An exceptionally creative approach is taken to assessing your biologists' grasp of natural selection concepts. They are to imagine hosting Charles Darwin for dinner and having, to their surpise, a few other noted scientists crash the...
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Hunting Invertebrate Fossils in the Classroom

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Learners acquire a general knowledge of fossils and paleontology, the study of evidence of life in the past and identify the major invertebrate groups (phyla) commonly found in the fossil record.
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When Dinosaurs Ruled The World

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students discover how a paleontologist digs up fossils and what tools they use.  In this paleontology lesson, students discuss the importance of the job of a paleontologist, watch a video on the process of extracting fossils, and pretend...
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Dinosaurs

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars complete a unit on fossils, dinosaurs, and paleontology. They explore various websites, identify and classify different dinosaurs, describe the "Dinosaur Egg Project" and the technology being used, and compare/contrast...
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What is the Evidence for Evolution?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students work in teams in this Webquest, to conduct research on selected Web sites and then report their findings. In this Evolution WebQuest, specialists (students) gather evidence from the fields of paleontology, anatomy and...
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Fossils

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students discuss the work of a paleontologist and examine several fossils and books on paleontology. They use clay and Plaster of Paris to create a cast of an object and compare this activity to the formation of fossils in nature.
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Daily Dig Checklist

For Students 3rd - 6th
If you are staging an archaeology or paleontology simulation, here is a checklist that you can post for your diggers. It lists reminders for how to prepare for the dig, as well as reminders for wrapping up. 
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Dig This: A Relief Sculpture of Dinosaur Bones

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
This is a truly amazing project. Perfect to use during your next dinosaur unit. Second and fifth graders work together to draw and make a relief sculpture of a nine foot-long stegosaurus. They discuss what paleontologists do and then...
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Introduction to Paleontology Lab

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students engage in a lab which introduces them to fossils and paleontology. They examine eleven numbered boxes containing fossils which are related to the questions on this lab then answer questions on a lab sheet imbedded in this plan.
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Great Minds: Mary Anning, "The Greatest Fossilist in the World"

For Students 9th - 12th
How would you feel if you made a scientific discovery and weren't recognized because of your gender? Mary Anning basically founded paleontology, but she could never publish her own discoveries. From discovering how to clean fossils and...
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VARVES: Dating Sedimentary Strata: Geology, Paleontological Patterns

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students count the number of varves (annual layers of sediment) in shale billets, taken from the Green River Formation in Wyoming. The count is then extended to reflect the entire 260 meters of sediments where the billets originated.
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Mapping the Bone Field: An Area and Scale Exercise

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Here is an excellent cross-curricular lesson. Learners relate multiplication to area by making a grid on graph paper, and then creating the same grid in real space outside in the school yard.
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Fossil Kit II

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Youngsters examine four fossil replicas and chart their time periods, vertebrate or invertebrate, and the names of other organisms living at the same time. A specific fossil kit is available for sale if you do not have the same samples....
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I Dig Dinosaurs

For Teachers K - 5th
Students examine the process of fossil removal and the naming of dinosaurs. They participate in a "fossil dig" involving cookies, create new dinosaur names, and create a picture of a dinosaur they name.
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Fossil Find

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students investigate the practice of digging for fossils. They participate in a mock dig of fossils using real bones and other artifacts. Then students dig through sand in order to go through the simulation. Students make observations...

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