Imagine what it would be like to be a paleontologist? This term 4S Sharks had the opportunity in their Understanding the world class to learn about Dinosaurs and Fossils, experiencing the wonder of what it would be like to be a paleontologist and beginning to generate questions and intrigue about fossils.
They started their studies on this topic by gaining a clearer understanding of the vocabulary associated with dinosaur fossils and paleontology and made their very own fossil mould. During their lessons they recognized that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.
In the second part of our fossil discovery, the students developed their paleontologist expertise, researching the three main epochs of fossils, putting them on a timeline, and gaining further understanding of fossil categories and key paleontological terms.
Students worked in teams and were provided with the key eras to be researched (Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic) and explored through online research where different fossils appear on the timeline. Following their research, they created a fossil layer with flip flaps and images that contained key facts about fossils that could be found in their specific era.
In the third part of our of the Dinosaur and Fossil studies, students excavated a fossil block, generating questions about fossils, hypothesising about what they might find, sketching their findings and taking notes on the process.
Once the students had uncovered their fossils, they were given the task of researching their dinosaur. They researched online to discover which fossil they had exposed and investigated facts about height, weight, diet, life span, and habitat, while also taking notes on the data, details and creating a sketch of their fossil’s appearance.
As, the dinosaur and fossil story is coming to an end and the students are finalizing the last details on their dinosaur dioramas, which they will present in class after the holiday. During these lessons our Sharks participated with enthusiasm and curiosity and enjoyed learning about the fascinating prehistoric creatures that once inhabited the Earth.