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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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"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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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,...
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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,...
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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...
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