Friday, October 14, 2011

Fossil Fun

 In science my class is learning about living things
I awed my class with real fossil observations from my dad's collection.        Thanks dad!
They loved seeing real trilobites after reading about them in our text.

The evening following our lesson I whipped up a batch of Coffee Ground fossil dough.
After realizing one batch wasn't enough I found myself brewing another pot of coffee to get more grounds and 2 hours later had my fossil dough prepped.  I drank a couple of cups of the coffee I brewed along the way, so as to not waste.

Then I cut out enough circles for my students to make fossil imprints with a small fish.

The imprint process
 Tip alert: Spray the imprinting object with nonstick cooking spray
(I learned this the hard way after tearing up several imprints while trying to lift them off)

The finished fossil after drying

Grab the directions to have fossil fun in your class!

Thanks for taking another "Peek Into my Planbook"


  1. Hi Denise:

    I just printed the "recipe"!
    In our study of ancient civilizations, we talk a lot about where historians and other people get the information they need to make guesses about events in the past.
    I'm not sure exactly how--but I am definitely going to use this technique.

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  2. Oh my gosh... this looks brilliant! I love your fossil fish imprint. Thank you so much for sharing the directions! I can't wait to try it:) Happy weekend to you. ~ Tina
    Good Morning Mrs Rubie

  3. Thank you for the great idea - we are starting fossils next week!

  4. So neat!! I love talking about fossils. I've even had my students become paleontologists with a chocolate chip cookie, paint brush, and a toothpick. They have to chisel away at the cookie to try to keep the chocolate chip whole (like as it were a bone). Then they dust it off with their paint brush! Thanks for sharing your goodies! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous


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