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    Richard Bex

    Paleontology can be taught at almost any grade level. There are a plethora of paleontology related educational resources that have been developed by museums, organizations, educational institutions, projects, etc. What many teachers want to know is, where can these resources be found? The team at the FOSSIL Project have done our best to provide educators with as many lessons as possible through our K-12 Resources Page. What are some useful educational resources/lessons that you have found? Or, if you’re an educator and have developed some paleontology lessons, would you be willing to share some that have been successful? We would love to hear from you. Please share, comment, discuss.

    One resource that we found came from our friends from University of Georgia’s College of Education and the Paleontological Research Institution. The lesson allows students the opportunity to observe/explore fossils and make inferences about the environments in which fossilized organisms once lived.  Students make predictions, compare results, and discuss their findings.

    Link to Lesson: http://fossilfinder.coe.uga.edu/teachers-zone/curriculum/what-is-a-fossil/

    Richard Bex

    Jewel of the Earth

    These resources come from PBS & NOVA. In the program Jewel of the Earth, NOVA explores what plants and animals preserved in amber can reveal about the natural world of the past. The accompanying lesson allows students to collect organisms, use a dichotomous key to identify organisms, classify organisms according to order, and trace organisms back to when they first evolved. Attached is the PDF of the Teacher’s Guide for the lesson.

    Link to Lesson: https://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/education/activities/pdf/3305_jewel.pdf

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    MacKenzie Smith

    If anyone needs some animations (gif’s) of plate tectonics for a lesson the University of California, Berkeley has some available http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/geology/tectonics.html.

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