The Mystery Box
A Fossil Lesson Plan
In this fossil lesson plan, A mystery item is hidden inside the box.
Students use single-word adjectives to describe the item in the box
until one of the students in the circle names the object.
the item chosen aligns with Clock of Eras or Timeline of Life (fossils,
rocks, minerals, etc.), students can use names of the eras or periods
Goals of this fossil lesson plan:
- Practice with adjectives
- Review of geologic or paleologic information from the Clock of Eras or Timeline of Life.
Materials for this fossil lesson plan:
- A cardboard box, painted and decorated with question marks.
The box should be open on one side only so an object can be placed
inside. (Note: Some light needs to get inside the box while the student
is peeking in. Otherwise the object won’t show clearly enough to get
good descriptors. Cut a small opening in one side for
students to use as a peep hole. If you are using a box with a lid, you
could add side flaps to let light in while raising the lid, but so the
object isn’t visible to the other students. Alternatively, use a
large cardboard box with a cut out in the back. If you cover the cut
out with a piect of fabric, there will be enough light when the student
lifts the fabric to take a look.
- A few fossils, rocks or minerals that relate to the era being studied on the Clock of Eras or Timeline of Life.Presentation of this fossil lesson plan:We’re
going to play a little game today. Inside this mystery box is an object
that relates to our Clock of Eras (or Timeline of Life) studies. One of
you will get to describe the object with one word at a time until
someone in the circle thinks they know what it is. When someone guesses
correctly, I’ll put another object inside the box and that person can
give the clues. Before we start, what are some words you would
use to describe this object. SHOW A FOSSIL.FOR A BRACHIOPOD, STUDENTS
MIGHT USE WORDS SUCH AS CLAM-LIKE, GRAY, PALEOZOIC, CAMBRIAN, RIDGES,
PUFFY, ETC. IF THE STUDENTS DON’T COME UP WITH THE ERA OR PERIOD ON
THEIR OWN, YOU CAN PROMPT THEM A BIT DURING THE EXAMPLE.
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