Adventures in Paleontology

Adventures in Paleontology

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Millions of years after vanishing from the Earth, dinosaurs still have the power to stir students' curiosity. Deepen that interest with Adventures in Paleontology, a series of lively hands-on activities especially for middle schoolers. This beautifully illustrated full colour book feaatures 36 activities that open students up to a variety of foundational sciences, including biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. For example: qHow Do Fossils Form?q discusses how organisms become fossils and illustrates the concept with activities that simulate fossil-making processe.s qWhat Can You Learn From Fossils?q explores what fossils teach about ancient organisms, and qMass Extinction and Meteor Collisions With Earthq discusses recently discovered links between meteor and asteroid impacts on Earth and the demise of animals like dinosaurs. Other chapters cover how to tell the age of the Earth; how dinosaurs evolved; and diversity, classification, and taxonomy. The final chapters offer humanistic perspective on fossils in literature and art. As an attention-grabbing complement to the text, vivid full colour illustrations show not just skeletons and animal tracks but also what dinosaurs probably looked like in their natural setting. Handy line drawings guide students through each step of the activities.ACTIVITY. 1. Making. a. mold. and. cast. MATERIALS: a—‡ paper cup a—‡ stirring stick a—‡ plaster of paris a—‡ hammer and nail a—‡ large plastic bowl or tub for mixing plaster a—‡ leaves, feathers, or other a€œfossilsa€ ... The more of the surface that you cover with material the better. Wall-to-wall leaves (or feathers, or whatever) make itanbsp;...

Title:Adventures in Paleontology
Author:Thor A. Hansen, Irwin L. Slesnick
Publisher:NSTA Press - 2006


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