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"This site is a resource for anyone interested in paleontology, from the professional in the lab to the interested amateur scouting for fossils to the student in any classroom. We have gathered many different resources into this single entry """"""""portal"""""""" to paleontological information on...
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As the concepts of time, past life, and fossils are often difficult for children to comprehend and as many of the National Parks and Monuments have important paleontological resources, Fossil Butte National Monument developed a fossil education curriculum guide designed to aid teachers presenting...
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Scientists classify dinosaurs into two major groups: those with reptile-like hips and those with bird-like hips. Students will compare two kinds of dinosaurs based upon the structure of the pelvis: bird-hipped and reptile-hipped.
Grade Level   K 1 2
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The age of fossils intrigues almost everyone. Students not only want to know how old a fossil is, but they want to know how that age was determined. Some very straightforward principles are used to determine the age of fossils. Students should be able to understand the principles and have that as a...
Grade Level   8 9
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This activity will help students to visualize, in three dimensions, features represented by contour lines on a topographic map. Topographic maps are used extensively by a variety of people including geologists, field biologists, and hikers. A topographic map is the representation, on a flat surface,...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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"Students will create a two-dimensional contour map of a submerged area from a simulated survey using sounding techniques. This activity goes along with the """"Building a Topographic Model"""" activity, where students built a 3-D model of a landform above sea level."
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Telling the history of the earth requires placing events in sequence so that reference can be given to the relative and/or numerical time at which each event occurred. This helps to make sense out of the enormous expanse of time that has elapsed since the origin of the earth. This activity will help...
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Suppose you are given one hour to tell someone about paleontology. The audience is naive but interested. They want to know something about paleontology but have not previously received, and may ever again receive, formal instruction in the subject. What will you choose to talk about? The example of...
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In this activity, students will be introduced to the range and sizes among dinosaurs and prehistoric animals, visualize the actual sizes of those animals by projecting images into the classroom, and gain an intuitive feel for the mathematical process of scaling.
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Each student will use a reference diagram of fossil foraminifera with their paleo-water-depth assignments to interpret the water-depth of a particular area of California during the geologic past. The model of paleoenvironments and the species found in the samples are based on actual work by Ingle...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Using fossils to correlate and locate the correct strata, and to determine where in those strata dinosaurs might be found, it is now possible to see how dinosaur fossils can be traced from one place to another.
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"In this activity, students examine a variety of soil samples and then conduct a simulated """"""""dig"""""""" in a grid of no-bake cookie bars. Students are introduced to the concept of a dig site and the use of simple grids."
Grade Level   1 2 3
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