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Here is an unusual question: How can I become a famous fossil for future generations to examine and adore? It is from this comical perspective that viewers learn how fossilization occurs. Show this for your middle school paleontologists when studying sedimentary rock, fossils, or earth history and follow it up with a fossil-making activity.
Humans are quickly depleting Earth's fossil fuels and locating them is becoming increasingly difficult! Layered muffins are used for models as young geologists take core samples in order to determine the presence of oil. Consider first teaching about the carbon cycle and fossil fuels to give youngsters the background knowledge that will make this activity more meaningful. Be aware that significant preparation time is required as the teacher must bake the special muffins for the activity, but it will be well worth the time!
Young scholars examine how fossils are formed. They view videos, make models of fossils and determine what information can be gleaned from studying fossils including information about the fossil and the environment in which it was created.
Students recall prior knowledge of the process of fossilization. In this fossils lesson, students first create and at a later date, recover fossils. Students understand the painstaking process of recovering a fossil. Students recover and identify the fossil they are uncovering.
Incorporate fossil fuel issues into your curriculum with these lesson plan ideas.
Go deep in your paleontology unit with this spectacular set of slides! It introduces viewers to the types of fossils, a few famous fossils, and the geologic eras. This is done with easy-to-read text, diagrams, photos, and even videos. 
Fifth graders dig for fossils. In this fossil lesson plan, 5th graders read about the oldest found fossils and discuss the process of fossilization. They dig for their own fossils in a fossil box made of several dirt layers. 
Read the nonfiction book Fossils by Becky Olien and use text features to gain information about fossils. Then have partners or small groups discuss what they read. 
Students determine what types of information can be determined by looking at fossils. In this fossil lesson, students examine facts about and images of the Tyrannosaurus Rex at an assigned web site. They apply their knowledge to develop information about another dinosaur. They work in small groups to write an interview of the second dinosaur.
Students explore what fossils are, how they are formed, what different types there are and why they are significant to both our present and past geology history. They participate in a hands on fossil observation of their choice and simulate the history of the fossil they chose. In addition, they make mold fossils out of impressions in clay.
Third graders examine the differences between cast and mold fossils. They listen to the book "Fossils Tell of Long Ago" by Aliki, and discuss different types of fossils and where they are found. Next, 3rd graders participate in a simulated fossil dig that uses chocolate chip cookies.
Third graders investigate how some extinct organisms resemble organisms that are still alive today. They watch and discuss the Magic School Bus video about fossils, then create clay fossil imprints, matching the imprints to plaster of paris fossils.
Students examine fossils formation and how they provide evidence of plant and animals that lived a long time ago.  For this fossils lesson students examine how fossils are formed, view some videos about fossils, and answer questions. 
Students explore how scientists use fossils to explore how various species have evolved over time.  In this fossil instructional activity students study how to date fossils. 
Students explore energy by researching fuel usage on Earth. In this fossil fuel lesson, students define fossil fuels, the energy created by burning them, and the impact on the environment when using them. Students conduct pollution experiments by mining for cookies, using candles, and creating a mock oil spill.
Learners investigate fossils. In this geology lesson, students study various types of fossils in rocks and identify the characteristics of the fossil. Learners write a research paper on their fossil.
Pupils explore fossils. In this science instructional activity, students discuss what a fossil is and use their senses to describe fossils in their bags. Pupils identify the fossils in the bag.
Students explore the various ways in which geologists create fossil records. Working in pairs, students create a model of a fossil record through a hands on activity. They relate their experience to recent discoveries in geology and fossils.
Students study fossils. In this fossils lesson plan, students discuss and study real fossils. Students color in pictures of fossils and their sections. Students then identify fossil picture parts and names. Students write definitions for fossil sections. Students match their definitions to the correct fossil picture. They complete fossil definition puzzles.
Students explore fossils by participating in an in class experiment. In this archaeology lesson plan, students utilize dough and classroom objects to create fossil imprints after hiding the toy/fossil in the dough egg. Students categorize the eggs in class from smallest to largest.

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