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Fossil Guide
Task with Student Directions
Contributed by: Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)


Your group has been asked to put together a fossil kit. The kit will be used by younger children who want to learn about fossils. You will have several weeks to complete this assignment.

Each fossil kit that you put together should include the following things:

  • A box for the fossils (egg carton)
  • 12 plastic fossils, numbered 1-12
  • A Fossil Guide, which includes a picture of each fossil numbered 1-12 and a description of each fossil to go with the pictures.

You already have 12 plastic fossils and a carton. To complete the kit you must create a "Fossil Guide." The Fossil Guide should contain a picture and a description of each fossil. Make sure the pictures are big. Pictures should be at least 2 inches wide and 2 inches high. Write down as much information as you can about each fossil. One idea for a Fossil Guide is shown on the next page. You may use this idea or come up with your own.

You may use books to help you figure out what to say, but be sure to use your own words. Do not copy words from a book. Use words that are easy enough for a younger child to understand.


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