Bradford Tioga Head Start Lesson Plans Activity: Making Fossils Submitted By: Marie Zimmer Key Learning Areas: Scientific Thinking ELS: 4.7, 3.2a.5, 3.1c.4, 3.1a. Materials: Reference books containing pictures of fossils, fossil rocks from local area, children’s books such as Milo and the Magical Stone by Migual Pfister. Air dryable model clay and stones, sticks and objects found outside during free-play. Individual baggie with name printed in marker for each child. Procedure: 1. Teacher has the word FOSSIL written on the easel. At Welcome Circle the teacher says the word and asks the children to repeat it. Ask the children if they have heard of the word before and if they know what it might be. She writes down any answers. 2. Tell the children that you are going to show them what a fossil is and then passes some fossils around the circle. Tell them that a fossil is what is left when a plant or animal died a long time ago. We see its ‘picture’ in the rock. Look at the different items found in the fossils. Have children guess what their fossil is. Write their answers on the easel. 3. Place pictures and fossils at Science Center and tell the children that they will be there to look at. 4. At outside time gather different items that can be found in fossils such as leaves and twigs. At table top give each child a piece of clay. Each child picks out items to imprint into their clay. Their clay fossils are then placed on top of their baggies on a tray. 5. At story time, read the book Milo and the Magical Stone. The next day take the hardened clay and paint them grey like a fossil rock. When they are dry, place them into baggies and display them in the hallway.