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There are three parts to this activity: the introduction to fossils and footprints, the experiment with how footprints can be used to learn about extinct animals and the art activity for students to reproduce how footprints from different situations might look.
This product includes the lesson plan with suggestions for differentiation and required handouts, templates and observation sheets.
In the first part, students will read or have read to them a nonfiction passage on fossils and footprints and answer reading comprehension questions (an exert from my Dinosaur Nonfiction Workbook) . In the second part students will conduct an experiment to see how moving differently leaves different types of evidence. In the third part, students can demonstrate their understanding through an art activity.
Next Generation Science Standard Alignment:
Structure and Function
Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago (3-LS4-1)