Activity 1: Do at School!
Make a fossil sandwich
Making a fossil is a bit like making a sandwich. In this activity you
will have the opportunity to make a fossil sandwich using a couple slices
of soft white bread and some objects like paper clips, leaves, and twigs.
Imagine that the bread is sediment (soft sand or mud) at the bottom of
a pond or lake, and that your objects are different kinds of living things.
Discuss: In what ways is this fossil sandwich not realistic?
Main Message: This exercise shows how fossil organisms and their impressions are formed within layers of sediment. It also shows that some objects are better preserved than others.
Paleontological Research Institution