Did you know that fossils are "jacketed" while being excavated? It's not because they are cold! Learn more about finding and excavating fossils with these two well researched nonfiction articles. Then, have the students answer the text dependent questions and finish with a choice of two fun activities.
- Two Nonfiction Articles - Finding Fossils and Excavating Fossils
- Photo Aide that supports the articles for Visual Learners/ ELLs
- Text dependent common core aligned questions with keys
- Two Versions of the I'm Going On A Fossil Hunt Writing flip page project
- Two Sheets to guide students through chocolate chip excavation activity.
Created by Gwen Jones aka Curious Jones
Everything is aligned to the following common core standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2 Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3 Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.5 Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.6 Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
For more articles and activities concerning fossils and dinosaurs try:
Dinosaur Research Project
Dinosaur Science Lesson 1
Dinosaur Science Lesson 2
Dinosaur Science Lesson 3