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21 resources with the keyterm paleontologists

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How Do Scientists Find Dinosaur Fossils?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students have probably already studied dinosaurs in school, but they may not have learned much about the process by which paleontologists locate, excavate, and study dinosaurs. They write journal entries pretending they are on a dinosaur...
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What is a Dino Mummy?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Excite your class with this clip that describes one of the most interesting dinosaur finds ever. Found by a high school student, a completely articulated mummified hadrosaur was uncovered in the high deserts of North Dakota. Why are...
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Fossil Hunting

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Ever wonder what a paleontologist does, or have a little learner yearning to know everything about fossil hunters? This comprehensive video shows what paleontologists do and why they do it. Get your kids thinking about the wonders of a...
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Discovering Fossils

For Teachers K - 5th
Learners explore fossils. In this fossils geology lesson, students use tools to reveal embedded "fossils" (made with plaster of Paris by the teacher-instructions included), then describe and illustrate their findings.
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Guided Reading: Fossils

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
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. 
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We Can Dig It!

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Third graders understand the process by which fossils and rocks are excavated. In this fossil and rock lesson, 3rd graders explore the job of the paleontologist in a podcast.
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Digging For Dinosaurs

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this dinosaur themed worksheet, students work together as a team of paleontologists to draw the dinosaur bones they discovered at a dig site. They must label their drawing on a grid map and then provide data about the length and...
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Fossil Inferences

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders use their knowledge about fossils to arrange fossil pictures in sequence from oldest to youngest. They explain how fossils can be used to make inferences about past life, climate, geology, and environments and discover...
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For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students conduct Internet research about different types of fossils, the animals they are from, and some famous paleontologists. They also participate in some interactive activities and hands-on lessons in which they create their own...
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Science: Making Trace Fossils

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore types of fossils and discover how sediment affects fossil preservation. They focus their study on trace fossils and create their own using sediment, water, and a small organism such as a snail or lizard. Students use...
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Learning about Fossils

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students explain the difficulty that paleontologists have in assembling fossil bones. Hard cookies are used to simulate dinosaur bones/fossils. They research the Apatosaurus and discuss paleontology.
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Fossil Seekers

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders complete activities with the book Fossil Seekers. In this literature lesson, 4th graders review new vocabulary and discuss the work of paleontologists. They read the story and come up with their own comprehension questions.
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Paleontologists and Paleontology

For Teachers 2nd
In this paleontology lesson, 2nd graders discover the tools paleontologist use and how they use them to uncover fossils. Students also create their own fossils, read Digging up Dinosaurs, and deepen their understanding through a class...
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Scientific Method

For Teachers 5th
In this scientific method worksheet, 5th graders give specific examples explaining how the paleontologists followed the scientific method. Students write their answers on the back of the page.
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The History of Life

For Students 7th - 9th
In this history of life activity, students explain how fossils form and how they can be interpreted. Students fill in the missing eras and periods in the geologic time scale provided.
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The History of Life

For Students 9th - 12th
In this history of life worksheet, high schoolers complete a crossword puzzle by figuring out the 11 vocabulary words associated with the clues given. Students review fossil records, geological time periods, and carbon dating by...
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Footprint Detectives: Making Inferences Using Dinosaur Trackways

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students analyze and discuss footprints and dinosaur tracks. They listen to books about paleontologists, create and analyze their own trackways using black paper and chalk, examine the data, and form hypotheses about footprints and...
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Hide and Seek with Bones: A Mapping and Scaling Comparison

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars examine and simulate how paleontologists map objects. They hide and find objects using a grid to map the objects' placements.
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For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students play the roles of paleontologists on a dig. They unearth a few fossils at a time and attempt to reconstruct the animal the fossils represent.
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Biology: Howler Monkeys Tell All

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine a PBS special about howler monkeys as an introduction to scientific forensic investigative methods. In groups, they conduct a host of experiments containing clues which point to discovery. By challenging assumptions,...
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For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders act as paleontologists and attempt to figure out the environment where various fossils would have existed. They explain how fossils can be used to make inferences about past life, climate, geology, and environments.