Assortment of hard natural objects, such as shells, twigs, large seeds, or cones
Connect to the Anthology: Point out that dinosaurs lived a long time ago. Ask children how they think scientists learned about dinosaurs.
Make New Discoveries
Explain that one way scientists learned about dinosaurs is through fossils. Fossils are old rocks that have impressions of living things within them.
Tell children that they can make their own model of a fossil. Demonstrate by pressing a shell or other object into softened modeling clay. Remove it to reveal the impression.
Have children examine completed models and identify the objects that created the impressions.
How to Assess
Were children able to identify the objects that created the impressions?