On November 18 and 19, Ross third graders got to take advantage of sunny fall days to practice the art and science of archaeology. As part of their Cultural History unit on evolution, the students have been studying fossils and learning about how they formed. They also used clay to create their own fossils representing life forms from different periods along the geological time scale in their Art and Science classes.
To set up the archaeological dig simulation, the student-made fossils were buried at different depths in garden beds on the Ross Lower School campus, which represented humans’ presence on the time scale, and elk bones. Working together in shifts, students deftly uncovered the fossils, bones, and shards, carefully excavating the pieces and fitting them together in a recreation of the type of work done by professional archaeologists and paleontologists.
This hands-on lesson provides students with a memorable learning experience about how fossil evidence is uncovered and interpreted in the real world—and the students had lots of fun as well!