How do we know what dinosaurs looked like? Or our ape-like ancestors? Well, as Tim and Moby will show you in this BrainPOP movie, the answer lies in the fossil record! BrainPOP’s dynamic duo will teach you the difference between a body fossil, which you might find in a tar pit, and a trace fossil, which might be as simple as a set of footprints. You’ll find out how these amazing relics of the distant past are formed, and why they’re so rare. You’ll also learn how the forces of time, heat, and pressure can turn trees into coal! And finally, you’ll see how careful examination of the fossil record can teach us a great deal about the history of our planet. No time for love, Dr. Jones--click on this movie and learn!

Fossilization Sequencing Lesson Plan: How Bones Become Fossils

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-3, students use BrainPOP Jr. resources to explore how a bone becomes a fossil. Students play a sequencing game recounting the steps of fossilization, and then create their own sequencing game. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Fossils Background Information for Teachers and Parents

This page contains information to support educators and families in teaching K-3 students about fossils. The information is designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. movie Fossils. It explains the type of content covered in the movie, provides ideas for how teachers and parents can develop related understandings, and suggests how other BrainPOP Jr. resources can be used to scaffold and extend student learning. See more »

Fossils Activities for Kids

In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about fossils. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Fossils topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more. See more »