Fossil Discovery

(Science – Grades 1 to 3)

This hands-on activity introduces young students to fossils that are over 300 million years old. Students learn about local fossils and different ways to make observations and to gather information about each fossil.

Using both sketching and etching skills, students will identify parts of different fossils that show they used to be living creatures.


Duration 50 minutes

Location Ted Fielder Room (paleo exhibit), Royal Alexandra Hall. Wheelchair accessible.

Core Competencies

✦ Communicate observations using written, oral, drawing or role-play

✦ Experience and Interpret the local environment

✦ Sort and classify data and information using drawings, pictographs and provided tables

✦ Compare data with predictions and develop explanations of results

✦ Make and record observations

Big Ideas and Content

✦ G1 Classification of living and non-living things.

✦ G1 Structural features of living things in the local environment

First Peoples Learning Principles

✦ Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.

✦ Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).

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