Activity 6: Do at the Museum!
Search for Fossil Clues
Become a rock detective and search for fossil clues!
Visit the museum and explore the shale pit.
Turn over pieces of rock and find as many different fossils as you can.
Bring your magnifying glass and look at the loose pieces of shale. You might find some tiny fossils. You will also see the details of the fossils better.
Discuss: Do you see fossils like those you saw in activity 5, the "Fossil Jumble"?
Main Message: The main point is to engage students in discovering and in considering the relative abundance and preservation of natural assemblages of fossils.
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