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The lessons on Fossils were targeted to the Science and Technology for Children (STC) unit Rocks & Minerals and the Full Option Science System (FOSS) unit Earth Materials. These lessons, developed and piloted by classroom teachers, were designed to take advantage of the opportunity to integrate reading and writing into science.

The Fossils lessons will help your students understand that fossils provide evidence of plants, animals, and environments that existed long ago as well as understanding that plant and animal species change over time. We suggest these lessons fit just after Lesson 3 in the Rocks & Minerals (STC) unit and at the end of the Earth Materials (FOSS) unit.

If you are an individual teacher, check with your Materials Science Resource Center (if your school district has one) to see if the Fossils Lessons are already in the kit. If you do not have a Materials Science Resource Center, here are the resources you will need:

If you are a Materials Science Resource Center, each Rocks & Minerals (STC) or Earth Materials (FOSS) kit will need 2 to 3 sets of Fossils Kit 1
Fossil Kit 1, and a CD with the Fossils Lessons, Fossils PowerPoint, the Geologic Cross Section, and the Aliki and Gish/Shaw listed above.


Lesson Plans

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

PowerPoint Slides

Fossil Changes

Download Image

Geologic Cross Section

Lesson Plans


Shrub Steppe



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