Adventures in Paleontology: 36 Classroom Fossil Activities
Millions of years after vanishing from the Earth, dinosaurs still have the power to stir students' curiosity. Deepen that interest with Adventures in Paleontology, a series of lively hands-on activities especially for middle schoolers.
This beautifully illustrated full colour book feaatures 36 activities that open students up to a variety of foundational sciences, including biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. For example: "How Do Fossils Form?" discusses how organisms become fossils and illustrates the concept with activities that simulate fossil-making processe.s "What Can You Learn From Fossils?" explores what fossils teach about ancient organisms, and "Mass Extinction and Meteor Collisions With Earth" discusses recently discovered links between meteor and asteroid impacts on Earth and the demise of animals like dinosaurs.
Other chapters cover how to tell the age of the Earth; how dinosaurs evolved; and diversity, classification, and taxonomy. The final chapters offer humanistic perspective on fossils in literature and art. As an attention-grabbing complement to the text, vivid full colour illustrations show not just skeletons and animal tracks but also what dinosaurs probably looked like in their natural setting. Handy line drawings guide students through each step of the activities.
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ACTIVITY 6 Inventing ways to make fossils of grapes and bananas
ACTIVITY 7 Fossils in amber
INTRODUCTION How Are Fossils Collected and Prepared?
ACTIVITY 1 Preparing a fossil fish
ACTIVITY 2 Making fossil replicas
ACTIVITY 3 Microfossils
INTRODUCTION How Can You Tell the Age of Earth?
ACTIVITY 1 The duration of time since Earth was formed
INTRODUCTION How Did Dinosaurs Evolve?
ACTIVITY 1 Archaeopteryx Compsognathus and Gallus domesticus
INTRODUCTION What Can You Learn From Fossils?
ACTIVITY 1 Inferring the characteristics of people from their hands
ACTIVITY 2 Reconstructing Scaphognathus crassirostris
ACTIVITY 3 Restoring Scaphognathus crassirostris
ACTIVITY 4 Tracking dinosaurs
ACTIVITY 5 Weighing dinosaurs FIGURE 222
ACTIVITY 6 Learning the bones
ACTIVITY 7 Hatching and death on Egg Island
ACTIVITY 8 Predation
ACTIVITY 8 What was the purpose of the plates on the back of Stegosaurus?
INTRODUCTION Mass Extinction and Meteor Collisions With Earth
ACTIVITY 1 Searching for micrometeorites
ACTIVITY 2 Calculating the energy of incoming rocks from space
ACTIVITY 3 Modeling impact craters
ACTIVITY 4 What happens when the energy of an asteroid or comet is released in the rock and atmosphere of Earth?
ACTIVITY 2 Homology
ACTIVITY 3 The method of cladistics
ACTIVITY 1 The ages of the reptiles the archosaurs dinosaurs pterosaurs and crocodiles and the therapsids mammals
ACTIVITY 2 How big was Ultrasaurus macIntosh?
ACTIVITY 3 The worldwide distribution of dinosaurs
ACTIVITY 4 Measuring diversity
INTRODUCTION Fossils in Society
ACTIVITY 1 Coal petroleum and natural gas
ACTIVITY 2 Making thin peels of coal balls to view ancient plants
INTRODUCTION When Are Fossils Art?
ACTIVITY 1 Dinosaur art contest
ACTIVITY 2 Fossil works of art