Do you ever wonder what use to live in the very spot you are living on now? How do we find out? Many other people wonder the very same thing. Scientist called paleontologist dig in the ground with special tools to uncover the mysteries of the past. Let's grab our backpack and join together with some of these experts to discover a world of long ago.
1. Do you want to see some interesting fossils? Let's take a look at a few paleontologists digging up some of theses treasures at the dinosphere in Indianapolis.
|2. Have you ever wanted to see the kinds of dinosaur
fossils that have been found? Where in the world were they discovered?
Let's visit a fossil
collection to learn more about fossilization.
|3. Fossilization is a big word. What is a
fossil? What do they look like? Where do paleontologist keep
them? Try visiting the ultimate
fossil page to explore the world of fossils.
|4. Have you ever wondered how a paleontologist knows exactly what type of fossil he has found? How do they do that? Lets imagine we are paleontologist and take the “secret bones”challenge.|
|5. Fossils are very deep under the ground. Do you
want to learn more about where and when fossils have been found? Join me
in finding out more about how these fossils
|6. We know that fossils are more than just dinosaurs.
However, I would love to see some pictures of these giants of the past.
How about taking a step back in time to the days of the dinosaurs?
|7. What is a vertebrate and an invertebrate?
What does that have to with a fossil that has just been discovered. Lets
read what some important scientists have to say about these two types of
|8. Have you ever been to the Smithsonian National Museum
of Natural History? What to take a trip to see what interesting dinosaur
fossils they have on display? Grab your camera and join me on a journey
to the Smithsonian.
|9. What is a pteranodon? Where did they live before
they went extinct? If you think a jumbo jet is large, wait until
you see these gigantic flying
|10. Paleontologist have learned a lot about fossils.
Lets find out about a fossil named “Bambi”.
If you think this is a cartoon character, you will be dangerously wrong!!
2. After you have discovered what tools to use, make a picture dictionary (staple plain paper together) of at least four tools you will need.
sure to draw a picture of each of the tools with a brief description of
what it is below your illustration. You will be helping other young
paleontologist like yourself get off to a “Dino-mite” start.
Rubric for Scenario #1
2. You need to make sure that you have a fantastic fossil to present to the Smithsonian. If you will go to “pasta fossils” you will be able to create a fabulous fossil for your display at the Smithsonian.
3. When you finish making your fossil count the number of bones (pasta) you used.
4. On a large index card make a word problem using that number as the answer. Position your brain teasing word problem under your fossil to add character to your display at the Smithsonian.
Rubric for Scenario #2
Written by Michelle Cook 7/17/02
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