ERIC Number: EJ722142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Digging the Past
Science and Children, v42 n2 p30-34 Oct 2004
August 2002 found the author scouring the rocky shore of Joggins, Nova Scotia, hunting for fossils dropped off by the last high tide. The experience highlighted the challenges of paleontology. She collected a bunch of rocks she thought had definite prints of plants or animals, but when she took them to the town's fossil museum, it turned out she was wrong in every case but one. Still, she was excited to have found one fossil and to learn it was of a tiny sea creature that lived in the Carboniferous period 300 million years before. Upon examination of the fossil, she was also struck how one could actually see in the cliffs the layers of Earth representing different geological time periods. This article describes how one science teacher in a very small elementary school for students with a wide range of learning disabilities created and planned a "dinosaur and fossil" unit that could provide students with the same kind of first hand experience.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Paleontology, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learning Disabilities, Elementary School Teachers
National Science Teachers Association, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000. Tel: 800-722-6782 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.nsta.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada