Paleontology

(1) Objectives:

  • To discover what paleontology is.
  • To discover what a paleontology does.
  • To discover how a paleontologist digs up fossils.
  • To discover what tools a paleontologist uses to dig up fossils.

Procedure:

  • Show video on how a paleontologist digs up fossils.
  • Discuss who a paleontologist is and how he/she digs up fossils.
  • Have students individually extract chocolate chips (the fossils) out of a cookie (the rock) using only a toothpick and a paintbrush.

Materials/Resources:

  • Video A Magical Field Trip to the Dinosaur Museum.

(2) Objectives:

  • To discover how dinosaur bones fit together.
  • To discover how a paleontologist knows how to put dinosaur bones together.

Procedure:

  • Show video that discusses putting dinosaur skeletons together.
  • Students draw the shape of any dinosaur on two pieces of paper (a regular white sheet and a heavy white sheet).
  • On regular white sheet, students make the skin of dinosaur using textures underneath (sandpaper, wall, etc.).
  • On heavy white sheet, students make a dinosaur skeleton using chicken bones.
  • Staple the skin on top of the bones so it can flip up to view the bones.

Materials/Resources:

  • Video How Big Were the Dinosaurs.