Activity 1: Watch the video from the link below and answer the questions on the graphic organizer labeled "Dig Into Paleontology".
1. What is a paleontologist?
A. person that studies fossils
B. another name for a fossil
C. person who studies rocks
2. What is extinct?
A. Still alive today
B. No longer exists today
3. The remains of plants and animals from long ago that slowly became preserved in rocks is also called ______________________.
4. If paleontologists find an animals' _____________________, they can determine if they ate plants or other animals.
5. Steps for a Paleontologist
1 - ________________________________________
2 - ________________________________________
3 - ________________________________________
Activity 2: Click the link below and it will take you to an article. Make sure to use your graphic organizer titled "What's the Big Idea About Paleontology?" As you read the article, answer the questions below in your graphic organizer.
1. What does the root word "paleo" mean? _________________________________________________________________
2. How does the root word "paleo" help describe what a paleontologist does? _____________________________________________________________________________
3. True or False.
Fossils tell us everything about a plant or animal's past. ________________________
4. Which of the following is not an example of a fossil?
A. Bones from underground found 1 million years ago.
B. Shark tooth found on top of the sand dated back to 1 year ago.
C. Leaf impression left in mud 100,000 years ago.
5. Write at least 3 sentences about why you would or would not want to become a paleontologist. Use facts about them that you have learned today to help support your claim.
Activity 3 (optional): Click the link below and it will take you to a game. This game is called "Layers of Time". You will arrange the fossil layers from oldest to youngest.