Grade Level (K-1)
- The students will understand the job of a paleontologist.
- The students will uncover fossils on their own dinosaur dig using
- The students will gain a better understanding of what fossils are,
where they are found, and how they are uncovered.
- Dinosaur Dig by Kathryn Lasky
- Sand table
- Dinosaur dig worksheet
- Books to explain the fossils
- Tools: hammer, brush, ruler, sifter, shovel, cup
- Bag to place fossil in
- Teacher will hide fossils in the sand table, and divide it into two
- Teacher will explain procedure for uncovering the fossils to the
- Students will shovel sand into a cup.
- When cup is full, they will pore the sand into a sifter.
- Once the children find a fossil, they need to remember which site
they found it in (A or B) and record this information onto their
- Students also need to remember where the fossil was located in
their section so they can also record that with an X.
- Students will place their fossil carefully into a bag and bring it
to their table.
- Once the child is at the table he/she is to look in fossil books to
see if the fossil is similar to anything in the book. (Pages will
be open to fossils they should look at)
- Students will draw their fossil on their worksheet.
- Students will return the fossil to the "museum" when they are done
working with it.
- There are only 4-5 children per group. Once one child finds his/her
fossil it is the next child's turn. Two children will be able to go at
once since the table is split in half.
- The students will participate in a discussion about the dinosaur dig,
and their role within it.
- Did the students role play being a paleontologist
- Did the students complete the dinosaur dig worksheet in the
- Did they recover a fossil, record where it
came from, and draw it correctly?
- Did the students participate in a discussion about the
work that they have completed? For example, did they what a fossil
is, how fossils are found, and have some idea of how they are
Reflection & Extension:
I have not completed this lesson with the students yet, but I know that it is
going to call for close supervision. Marcy says that she has done this before
and it went well so I am going to give it my best try. I anticipate problems
with the children finding their fossils in the books. I also foresee problems
with turn taking at the excavation site.
I feel that this lesson is being extended pretty far with the discussion after
all the children have had a turn. Perhaps I will turn the worksheets into a
book like Dinosaur Dig by Kathryn Lasky.