Introduction to Students
What was your neighborhood like 15,000 years ago? What clues would you
look for to find out the answer? The activities in this booklet will allow
you to time travel to the ICE AGE. Be prepared to walk with hairy elephants
and grind over the ground with glaciers! There are activities that you
can do with your classmates in school and with your family at home and
at the museum. Cool websites and books are listed in the back of the booklet
that you can find on the computer or at the library to discover more about
this chilly time in earth history.
Are you ready to time travel?
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!