Educator Resources for Fossils

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!

Lesson Plans

Animals Lesson Plan: Diversity of Life

Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12