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THE KEY TO FOSSILS

THE KEY TO FOSSILS

What can we use to understand and classify life on Earth? Students will actively classify different organisms. They will also learn how to use a dichotomous key and use it to identify actual fossil specimens.

Field Trip

Program will run for 2 hours.

30 MINUTES – GALLERY TIME
– Describe fossils and explain how fossils are formed and are dated
– Classify different types of fossils
– Hunt for clues to life in different times  

30 MINUTES
– Visit the Museum Store

30 MINUTES – LAB
– Define classification
– Classify different forms of life
– Define a dichotomous key and how it is used
– Utilize a dichotomous key to classify genuine fossils

30 MINUTES
– Fossil Dig

TAKE HOME ITEMS
– Keep 3 fossils excavated from the Fossil Dig

VIRTUAL Field Trip

Program will run for approximately 1 hour.

– Definition of different types of fossils with fossil samples
– Classification Activity
– Why a dichotomous key is important
– Why was the Brontosaurus reclassified?
– Careers in Paleontology
– Q + A with a Tel lus Educator

PRE + POST ACTIVITIES CURRICULUM PACKET
– Vocabulary Activity
– Pre-recorded Video
– Scavenger hunt (use with video)
– Dichotomous Key Activity (use with video)

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