In order to study the history of life on earth, paleontologists study fossil remains of the organisms that once lived here. Nature Watch's incredible Fossil Find Activity Kit invites participants to become paleontologists by finding and gently removing the sediment to expose real trilobite replicas (small, ocean dwelling creatures that lived over 250 million years ago). And the mini-paleontologists even get to take their finds home!
Ages 4 and up.
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Discuss the scientific study of paleontology.
- Learn how fossils are formed.
- Share information on different kinds of life that once inhabited the earth.
- Become paleontologists and find fossils in a dig site.
- 25 mud-covered trilobites and information cards, plus baggies to take "findings" home in.
- Cleaning brushes (tooth brushes) to clean off the discovered trilobites.
- A sample fossil set to compare and contrast different types of fossils.
- An amazing and informative geology wall chart.
- Books and extra resource materials for instructors and children who want to dig deeper into a world left behind millions of years ago.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide that makes planning the project easy and delivers loads of fun ideas for activities, games and relevant projects.
- The only materials you supply are markers, stapler or tape.
For groups larger than 25, simply add extra trilobites, information cards, and baggies on to your order (see below). Also, be sure to check out our diving beetles-another fossil favorite!
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.4, NS.5-8.3 and NS.5-8.4 Life Science and Earth and Space Science.
Content Standard C: Diversity and Adaptations of Organisms (5-8)
Extinction of a species occurs when the environment changes and the adaptive characteristics of a species are insufficient to allow its survival. Fossils indicate that many organisms that lived long ago are extinct.
Content Standard D: Properties of Earth Materials (K-4)
Fossils provide evidence about the plants and animals that lived long ago and the nature of the environment at that time.
Earth’s History (5-8)
Fossils provide important evidence of how life and environmental conditions have changed.
Specific (California standards):
(2.3d) Students know that fossils provide evidence about the plants and animals that lived long ago and that scientists learn about the past history of Earth by studying fossils.
(3.3e) Students know that some kinds of organisms that once lived on Earth have completely disappeared and that some of those resembled others that are alive today.
(7.4e) Students know fossils provide evidence of how life and environmental conditions have changed.