Ativities for V.1.E.3

Activity: “Digging in the Dirt” from Book:
Sherwood, Elizabeth A., Williams, Robert A., Rockwell, Robert E.

Activities: “Stir -in Fossils” and “Sorting Rocks in the Soil” from book:
Sherwood, Elizabeth A., Williams, Robert A., Rockwell, Robert E. More Mudpies to Magnets. Gryphon House, Inc. Mt. Rainier, Maryland (1990) ISBN 0-87659-150-0

Activity: What Makes a Fossil?
Purpose: To show that mineralization must be present for an item to become fossilized.
Materials: - baby powder, water, water sprinkler, plastic dinosaur figures/bones, or paper representation of figures/bones.
Spread objects out on the floor or table, sprinkle all objects with water. Then sprinkle half of the objects with baby powder. Explain to students that without minerals (baby powder) combined with water there can be no fossilization. Only animals and plants that have been subjected to minerals and water will become fossils, the others will decay and disappear. To sum up, have students remove all objects that cannot be fossilized. Discuss the items that are left.

Activity: booklet “Earth’s Past” by: Melissa Schiller, illustrated by Shelley Dieterichs, student photocopied booklet from Scholastic copyright 1996