Dinosaurs are a great topic to sneak into your earth science fossil unit. They engage your students’ interest easily and often produce the best writing samples of the year. This souvenir activity is a memorable way to wrap up your study and will enrich your students’ learning experience.
Materials: Tupperware (one per student), modelling clay, shells, plastic dinosaurs, plastic plants, Plaster of Paris, water
- Press a little modelling clay, about 2 cm, into the bottom of a Tupperware container.
- Carefully press shell or other object into the clay.
- Remove objects from the clay.
- Mix a ratio of 1 part water to two parts Plaster of Paris.
- Pour the plaster on top of the clay and let it dry for 24 hours.
- Remove the plaster from the Tupperware and leftover clay. (If you have students remove all of the plaster pieces from the clay, you may reuse the clay.)
Writing Extension Activities:
- Write a short story about a fossil. Include key vocabulary and specific descriptions of the fossilization process. What does the fossil tell you?
- Research a type of dinosaur.
- When and where did they live?
- What did they eat (carnivore, herbivore, omnivore)?
- What does their name mean?
- What is the theory of how they died?
Download your free lesson from Read and Understand Science Grades 2–3.
For more dinosaur lessons and ideas, check out Theme Pockets: Dinosaurs Grades 1-3
Heather Foudy is a certified elementary teacher with over 7 years’ experience as an educator and volunteer in the classroom. She enjoys creating lessons that are meaningful and creative for students. She is currently working for Evan-Moor’s marketing and communications team and enjoys building learning opportunities that are both meaningful and creative for students and teachers alike.