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Fossils 1: Fossils and Dinosaurs
In this lesson, students will understand what can be learned from fossils and in doing so, realize the difference between fact and theory. This lesson is the first of a two-part series on fossils. These lessons will go beyond naming dinosaurs and give students a broad understanding of how we know about the great beasts. They will start to acquire knowledge of the fossil record in preparation for learning about evolution and natural selection, concepts they will study in high school. This particular lesson focuses on what we have learned and can learn from fossils. In the first part, students will discuss what we know about horses. They will then do the same for a Stegosaurus. Another part of the lesson briefly covers how fossils are formed.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Paleontology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright AAAS 2002. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-554
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evolution and equilibrium
        • Form and function
      • C - Life science:
        • Characteristics of organisms
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities to distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Science Netlinks'
This resource is required by 'Fossils 2: Uncovering the Facts'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science NetLinks

Publisher: MarcoPolo Education Foundation