Fossils unit study

Yesterday I posted my list of resources and activities for a unit on the geologic time scale.  Today I am posting my list of ideas for studying fossils with my fourth grader.  

Here is the link to the guide as it appears in my Google Docs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xU6dElHs4K1Rmi3tW6vW-F4vUk0lMNZ5eeyRL2QD0dY/edit?usp=sharing

Or, you can read on below:

Fossils

 

1) Watch the Fossils video on BrainPop.  (approximately 3.5 minutes)  

(We pay $6.99/month to use BrainPop videos on our iPad.  You can also subscribe to the web version.) 

 

2) Read pages 14-17 of The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History.

 

3) Watch the Bill Nye video on fossils:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4cjYND66J8.

 

4) Read the book Under Ohio: The Story of Ohio’s Rocks and Fossils.  Pick one of the fossils listed in the book and research it.  Write a paragraph about your chosen fossil and draw a picture of it.  (The DK Eyewitness Fossil book might be a good place to start.)

 

5) Read pages 114-123 of Basher’s Rocks and MInerals: A Gem of a Book.  Fold a sheet of paper into four squares.  In each square draw a picture or write a description of each of the four types of fossils.

 

6) Make your own fossil.  http://www.britishcouncil.org/es/make-your-own-fossil-student.pdf (Supplies: a sponge, water, magnesium sulfate, and sand plus a container)

 

7) Follow the link to play a create-a-fossil game:  http://www.wonderville.ca/asset/fossil-fabricator.

 

8) Watch this video on petrified wood and petrified forests:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlMmgglxCss  (Approximately 3.5 minutes)

 

9) Read the following blog entry about petrified wood and mineral colors: http://www.seriouslyfunnyscience.com/node/68.  Using the information on the blog, draw a colorful picture of some petrified wood and label the bands with what minerals might have been present in the environment around the tree as it permineralized.  

 

10) Here is a video about the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=068GcVD3VaE.  (Approximately 5 minutes long)

 

11) Read about coprolite:  http://dinosaurs.about.com/od/dailylifeofadinosaur/a/dinosaurpoop.htm.

 

12) Read the book Jurassic Poop by Jacob Berkowitz.

 

13) Complete the Who Dung It? activity that you can find described in this PDF: http://www.gvsu.edu/cms3/assets/5FD8F095-BBA0-CAB4-D3330E7F1AD91A19/studentpublicationfiles/importance_of_poop.pdf

 

14) Watch this How It’s Made video on how replica fossils are made: http://www.amazon.com/footballs-electric-amplifiers-airplane-propellers/dp/B007JF8MRM/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1374177179&sr=8-7&keywords=how+it%27s+made  

The video you are looking for is from season 4, episode 3. (Currently free streaming with Amazon Prime)

 

15) Read pages 62-63 of the DK Eyewitness Fossil book.  Using things you can find around the house, start putting together your own fossil hunting kit.

 

16) Read pages 16-17 of the DK Eyewitness Fossil book.   These pages talk specifically about fossil folklore.  If you are feeling particularly creative, you can write a little story about someone who finds a fossil that they believe is “good” or “bad” luck.

 

17) This link leads to tons more information on fossil folklore, how fossils have been  used in medicine and as decoration:  http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/earth/fossils/fossil-folklore/index.htm

 

18) Add at least 5 more quiz cards to your trivia game filebox.  Use the DK Eyewitness Fossil book, the Usborne Spotter’s Guide: Rocks and Minerals, or some other fossil book if you need help finding more facts or want to delve deeper.

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