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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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"Students will make a paper model illustrating the concept of sea-floor spreading and the development of symmetrical magnetic """"stripes"""" on either side of a mid- ocean spreading center."
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"Many large words that are used every day are made up of small, pieces of words called roots or combining forms. The roots come from other languages like Greek and Latin and, when combined, form common English words. The names of dinosaurs are formed the same way. Although they often seem to be...
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"Gravity is a force that all living organisms have to deal with. The body structure of animals is a system of balanced beams and masses. In order to stand or walk, animals like dinosaurs must balance on their feet. To do this, they must keep their center of gravity """"""""between"""""""" their...
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This particular set of dino-facts is based upon work done by Jack Horner and other associates of The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. The data has been used in order to theorize about the behavior of dinosaurs in that area. Students should have some working knowledge about the three...
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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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ISLAND BIOGEOGRAPHY and Evolution is an activity about the evolution of three species of lizards on the Canary Islands. It is designed for high school biology students. Its purpose is to demonstrate to students that evolutionary problems are complex, and solutions may involve data from various...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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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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"Scientists have good evidence that the earth is very old, approximately four and one-half billion years old. Scientific measurements such as radiometric dating use the natural radioactivity of certain elements found in rocks to help determine their age. Scientists also use direct evidence from...
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Understanding how the pieces of the fossil puzzle fit together allows the paleontologist to imagine the earth as it was millions of years ago. Introduce the activity to the students by telling them that they are all paleontologists and have found many different fossils. Based upon those fossils,...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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The objective of this exercise set is to integrate knowledge from several scientific disciplines and learn something interesting about the way the world works. I want to use some basic principles from physics, biology and geology to see how a large scale planetary process, the transport of heat over...
Grade Level   8 9 10 11 12
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This exercise encourages students to make observations, examine data, and form hypotheses. These are concrete skills that easily transfer to other science activities. Sets of class footprints are made using flour, ground chalk, or light soil and black or colored construction paper. Groups of...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4
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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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"This exercise allows students to manipulate scientific data, plot the data and then interpret their results. You might query the students as to what is the """"""""cause"""""""" and what is the """"""""effect"""""""" in this scientific problem. The fact that our planet's climate has changed...
Grade Level   7 8
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One of the basic tenets of geology is the present is the key to the past . In the present context this simply means that if we document the distribution of organisms today, and have some degree of understanding of what combination of environmental variables controls those distributions, then we can...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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