My students need access to fossils and replicas of fossils to examine evidence from the past to critically think about how animals have evolved over time. Hands-on experiences allow students to be scientific detectives.
Students at our school come from a wide range of economic and cultural demographics. We have students from 11 different countries who speak many different languages. Our school services Pre-K to fourth graders. We are a small elementary school with less than 230 students.
Learning about fossils tells us what organisms were like in the past and what the environment in which they lived was like.
We can make connections about how animals evolved or even why they may have become extinct over time.
Students will become fossil detectives by looking at fossil replicas and models from real fossils found. They will examine them, and make their own molds of them to further their understanding of how these animals and plants may have evolved or become extinct.
Looking at fossils can help students understand how and why organisms changed over time.
They can be detectives of what natural or human impact may have had on the habitat where these fossils were found.
Hands-on experiences provide authentic learning for students. The fossil model, molds and kits we will purchase from the donations to this project will enable students to further their understanding of animals and plants in the past. The students will then apply this to current day animals and plants in helping to advocate for those organisms in danger of becoming extinct in the near future.
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