In this activity, your students can become paleontologists for the day! Each student should receive a chocolate chip cookie. They will use toothpicks and paintbrushes as "tools" to become paleontologists extracting each "fossil" from the cookie. The activity sheet includes a cloze passage with vocab
This fossil activity will have your students collecting information about fossil layers on the first day and then using the fossils to place the layers in chronological order. I have typically used this lesson after I have introduced fossils and the principle of superposition. I have included a few
Your students are about to become real geologists as they explore the world of rocks, crystals, gems, fossils, and minerals by moving beyond just looking at pretty stones and really being able to identify, test, and classify samples and specimens you come across using techniques that real field expe
This is a fun unit to bring dinosaurs into your curriculum!
Activities to do with this Dinosaur Unit
1. Beginning dinosaur fact sheets for each student to read together to learn the basic facts about dinosaurs, or
2. Make a copy of the dinosaur fact sheet for yourself to read aloud as y
This paleontology lesson includes a power point on fossil formation and then leads your students in a pretend dig where they have to try and figure out what the animal is from the fossil bones found.
This enjoyable activity will engage your students and get them thinking like a real paleontologist.
Description: Students will perform a series of experiments to investigate the properties of several types of soil.
Florida Sunshine State Standard(s): SC.2.E.6.3 Classify soil types based on color, texture (size of particles), the ability to retain water, and the ability to support the growth o
Description: Students will use crayons to model the rock cycle by first examining a crayon, shaving bits of two different ones to form sedimentary rock, and then melting the bit together to form metamorphic rock.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science: 5.7.A: The student is expected
This lesson is a great way to have students understand the work paleontologists do and how we know so much about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures we never saw alive. I start the activity by telling my students there was a visitor in our classroom last night and clues were left behind. I s
Students will pretend to be Alien Archeologists from the future, who are examining the remains of an ancient civilization (aka: the classroom). Students will use the provided worksheet to lead them in filling out with their observations and to draw conclusions about their fellow students and the tea
This lesson plan delves into the topic of evolution with a case study of the Archeopteryx. Students will learn more about vocabulary terms discussed in an evolution unit by studying this ancient species. Learn about using fossils to learn about what the world was like long ago. Activities include wa
Sedimentary Layers and the Fossil Record helps students to identify connections between animals, the sedimentary layers they were buried in, and the habitats they lived in and their connection to the fossil record. Students continue to practice and develop higher order thinking skills.
Minecraft: Creating A Fossil Dig Site is a common core activity that helps students apply the concepts of fossils, how they are buried and how you determine their ages in a fun way. Students will also explain how the rock layers at their dig sites connect to the climate in the past and gives you in
Allow your students to become "Mineral Detectives" as they work together to figure out which mystery minerals they are being given. Students can work in pairs or teams to use the properties of minerals (hardness, color, luster, and streak) to investigate which ones they have! This lab is a great wa
An activity packet for use in your Ancient India or Indus River Valley history unit, this FREE packet was designed specifically to offer additional helpful supplements.
A Map of early Ancient Cities along the River Road
"Make A Mandala" Activity
"Make Your Map Appear Ancient" Activity
Think Like a Hominid: Early Tool Making Common Core Reading and Writing Activities is a common core activity designed to teach students how the types of tools the early hominids made, how they used them, and how they could be modified. Students will also develop and practice higher order thinking sk
This PowerPoint details the Laws used in Relative Dating and Statigraphy. It will outline the Law of Super Position, Law of Original Horizontality, Unconformities, Cross Cutting Relationships, Biotal Succession, Intrusions and Inclusions. It gives examples and images of these Laws and how geologis
The Anasazi Sun Dagger is a common core activity that helps students learn about the what the purpose of the Anasazi Sun Dagger was and how it was created. Students will also develop and practice higher order thinking skills.
Mr. Bones is a compilation of different dinosaur-related stories with follow-up questions to ensure the students understand what they have read.
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Activities include drawing and writing opinion-based answers, scientific examinations, and creating a poem. Conten
This creative unit revisits the arts of North American First Nations and Egypt, and introduces European Cave art and Roman Mosaic art.
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These step-by-step, guided art lessons use basic styles and shapes used by each culture and explores the use of colour, part
The Astronomy of Stonehenge Common Core Activity is a common core activity designed to teach students about stonehenge as an astronomical observatory. Students will also develop and practice higher order thinking skills.
What is a fossil? Common Core Activity is a common core activity that helps students learn about what fossils are and where they are found. Students will also develop and practice higher order thinking skills.
The Transitional Species: Homo Habilis and Homo Rudolfensis is a common core activity that helps students learn about the hominids homo habilis and homo rudolfensis. They will learn about how they developed and how they created and used tools.
A set of questions to keep your students on-task and on-track as they watch the sections of the video "Evolution" from NOVA online.
The Video can be found at
It is divided into 6 sections:
Video 1 – Isn’t Evolution just a Theory
Kennewick Man Common Core Activity is a common core activity that helps students learn about a recent study that suggests that Kennewick man may have been a Polynesian or ancient Japanese ancestor that travelled to the new world in a different migration than the Siberians over the Bering Strait . S
Subjects: Science, Archaeology, Earth Sciences
Grade Levels: 3rd ,4th,5th,6th,7th
Resource Types Activities Laboratory
Archaeology Sand Dig is a fun challenging interactive activity in which students
Here is an article about human evolution, introducing one of our new ancestors discovered recently: Homo naledi. The article describes his discovery and also talks about where we should place him on the human evolution tree. There are a few drawings included like the human evolution tree with poss
Fossil Fun FREEBIE!
What kid wouldn't LOVE creating their own fossil! In this super fun pack, students can do just that and more!
Students will start by piecing together their fractured fossil recipe. Then students will be ready to use the recipe to create their own (faux) foss
Can't take your students to a fossil dig? Bring the "dig" to your students! Each student receives a chocolate chip cookie and follows this PDP guide as they conduct an excavation! My students absolutely "dug" this activity and I'm so excited to share it with you.
Fossils, Paleontology, Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon Informational Text
This product is based on the popular children’s book Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon (written by Jeannine Atkins and illustrated by Michael Dooling). The text and illustrations of the book were reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Joh
In this back to school activity, or whenever you want to introduce students to the field of archeology, students pretend to be archeologists and conduct a dig in their classroom by analyzing artifacts and recording their observations. This activity helps students develop their information writing,
Another installment of HISTORY DETECTIVE. This time, students will tackle the unexplained death and then social disappearance of Ancient Egypt's Queen Hatshepsut. After analyzing sources, annotating the documents, and weighing evidence, your detectives will make a claim and defend
This powerpoint explores how Native Americans hunted buffalo before the coming of the horse. The powerpoint explores the Hudson-Meng Bison bed in Nebraska.
34 slides, optional writing activity included for students.
Please check out my Native American lesson plans.
Great Native American Lesson Pla
Lesson plan based on the book Fossil Hunter
Worksheets include: characters, plot, setting, character traits, themes, cause/effect, conflict/resolution, response to text, and summarizing. Based on fossil hunter William Foulke, this 22 page packet includes an article, ready to print student worksheet
The Origin of the Aztecs Common Core Reading and Writing Activities is a common core activity designed to teach students about the migration of the Aztecs. Students will also develop and practice higher order thinking skills
A fun and engaging activity that introduces students to the social science of anthropology. It could also be used to teach about archaeology. In groups, students have to examine an artifact and infer information about the society from which it came.
This lesson plan contains specific instructio
Science for All: The Mystery Bag- An Introduction to Fossils is a creative, engaging activity to get your students thinking about the past. This packet includes step by step lessons for both lower elementary, upper elementary, and middle school. It also includes student packets for the different
Engage your students with this hands-on and creative lesson plan on fossils.
The students will be able to:
• describe how a fossil is created.
• analyze synthetic fossils (made by classmates).
Lesson plan includes:
*hands on activities
*teacher script/guide for l
Students will learn how archeologists use grids when they are conducting an archeological dig. They will understand how to identify points on a grid in order to record their findings. In addition, they will understand the importance of archeology. My students loved this!
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This fun and versatile activity can be used in a variety of circumstances. It can be used as a stand-alone lesson, lasting for a day or for a week. It can be used to supplement other lessons on Geologic Time or broken up into any variety of pieces and used as needed.
This lesson plan can be used to conduct an extensive lesson on Predators and prey, classification, bone identification, etc. using owl pellets. It includes accommodations, lesson extensions, interest starters, and a worksheet for students to record their findings.