A hands-on Life Science lesson on Fossil Record! Ms. Woods’ Middle School students studied how fossils are evidence of past life, such as bones, teeth, and footprints.
The collection of fossils in the Earth’s crust and their placement in chronological order is called the fossil record. Scientists study the fossil record to understand how life on Earth has changed over time.
The students made 3 to 4 levels of their own fossil record. This activity is just a simple model of the thousands or millions of years for actual fossils to form.
Let’s hear from Ms. Woods: “I’m so excited we were able to get to this fun activity culminating at the end of Unit 1. The girls enjoyed being hands-on, getting creative with colored sand cracking open their rock models. My favorite piece of the project was seeing the excitement on the students' faces as they saw their fossils revealed.”