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Main Curriculum Tie:
Background For Teachers:
As they identify ribs, femurs, skulls, etc., they need to be able to explain why they identified them as they did. What is it about the appearance of the bone that made them identify it as they did? (The bones are from modern animals and the identification should be fairly easy, but they will have to make good observations and be able to explain them.)
Intended Learning Outcomes:
You have collected bones from your fossil dig box. What kind of animal do you think they came from? Can you tell what part of the animal your bones came from?
Fossils for Amateurs by Russell P. McFall and Jay C. Wollin. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1983. ISBN: 0-442-26350-3.
Dinosaurs and How They Lived by Steve Parker. Dorling Kindersley, Inc., New York, 1991. ISBN: 1-879431-13-0.
Visual Dictionary of Dinosaurs Dorling Kindersley, Inc., New York, 1993. ISBN: 1-56458-188-8.
Visual Dictionary of Prehistoric Life Dorling Kindersley, Inc., New York, 1995. ISBN: 1-56458-859-9.
Fossils: an Eyewitness Handbook by Cyril Walker and David Ward. Dorling Kindersley, Inc., New York, 1992. ISBN: 1-56458-071-7. (A personal favorite for easy-to-understand information about fossils and how they were formed.)
Set up a matching test - have students match pictures of bones with bones shown on bone identification charts.
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