- On your visit to the museum explore the Ice Age mud that was collected
around the bones of a real mastodon!
- Sort through the dried mud and find as many different kinds of things
as you can.
- Put the twigs in one container and rocks in another container.
- Use the plastic baggies for anything unusual that you find.
- Use the pictures to identify some of the different kinds of rocks
and pieces of plants that you find.
- Bring your magnifying glass. You might find some tiny fossils you
wouldn't have seen otherwise.
- Draw pictures of some of the objects that you found.
What do you find a lot of in the mud?
What do you find very few of in the mud?
What do you think your neighborhood was like during the Ice Age?
Extension: Draw a picture of this mastodon's home based on what you discovered
in the mud.
Fact: During the last Ice Age glaciers a mile thick covered much of New
Main Message: The main point is to engage students in discovery. This
activity also demonstrates that fossil organisms lived in environments
and that clues about environment are preserved in the sediment.
Connections: Activity 2, "What Doesn't Belong?",
will help students classify rocks in the matrix and determine how they
might have gotten there.