Introduction to Parents

At school your child has had the opportunity to time travel to the Ice Age through classroom activities and a presentation given by a real paleontologist! Your child may come home wanting to know more about mammoths and mastodons and the time when ice covered Central New York. This booklet contains several activities that you can do as a family at home and also at the museum. Recommended web sites and books listed at the end of the booklet also serve to cultivate your child's interest in science and learning. Whether making gorges in your kitchen or comparing fossil elephant teeth at the museum may this booklet introduce your family to the excitement of the past and help you to keep your child's enthusiasm for science alive.

Introduction to Educators

This booklet is full of activities for your students to do in school, at home, and at the museum. Our goal is that these materials will be a useful resource for integrating PRI's ICE AGE program into your curriculum. While you may choose to do the activities in any order, the first one is specifically designed to introduce your class to fossils before your PRI program (remember to write down any questions you may have!). The second and third activities serve as a reiteration of program content and a synthesis for the new ideas that your students have been exposed to. Turn the page and prepare to engage your class in an earth history mystery as you head back in time to the Ice Age!


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