The Fossil Record

by  Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

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Together we'll take a look at actual fossils and discuss how you can find the clues that they hide and how to interpret their stories that unfolded millions of years ago. Invent your own prehistoric animals, follow along in the story of fossilization and discuss fossil finds like real paleontologists.

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By Request: $175.00

Price includes shipping fee. *Additional cost for international shipping. For international programs where shipping costs are prohibitively expensive, we will send digital supplies instead of a physical kit.

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Reservations must be paid in full or guaranteed by a purchase order 30 days after the program. Checks, money orders, or credit cards are also accepted.

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50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

30 *Additional fee for more participants

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

This program is available year round.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made up to 72 hours prior to your scheduled program will be refunded (less a $25 administrative fee.) The $25 administrative fee is waived if you reschedule. If a cancellation is made less than 72 hours before the scheduled program, no refund will be issued.

In the event of weather related school closings or power outages, programs will be rescheduled. If you choose not to reschedule your make-up distance learning program, payment will be refunded less a $25 administrative fee. In the case of program cancellation, the participating site is responsible for rescheduling and/or returning the provided kit materials.

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Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Ann Arbor, MI
United States

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum provides an opportunity for people of all ages to discover and enjoy the wonder of science, math and technology in an interactive environment that promotes science literacy through experimentation, exploration, and education. Our distance learning programs are as interactive and hands-on as a visit to our museum! All programs include a kit of materials that includes everything students need to engage with our educators*

MISSION: Creating moments of discovery that inspire curiosity, exploration, and respect for STEM and the natural world. 

VISION: A world where curiosity today leads to more purposeful lives tomorrow.  

*Additional costs apply for international shipping

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Program Details


I. We demonstrate and discuss the geologic factors that can occasionally lead to (but more-likely destroy) fossils.
II. Your class creates their own prehistoric animals and we walk them through the interactive story of these creatures' fossilization.
III. Your class then helps us analyze some actual fossils and draw conclusions about what life must have been like millions of years ago.

Students are encouraged to ask questions and discuss the concepts throughout the program.


To analyze fossils and use clues to determine an organism's habitat, lifestyle, and biology.
To discover the process and likelihood of a fossil forming
To determine how scientists interpret fossil evidence
To distinguish between what is and what is not a fossil

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
Properties of earth materials
Changes in earth and sky

NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science
Earth's history

State Standards

E.SE.03.13 Recognize and describe different types of earth materials (mineral, rock, clay, boulder, gravel, sand, soil).
E.SE.03.22 Identify and describe natural causes of change in the Earth's surface (erosion, glaciers, volcanoes, landslides, and earthquakes).
E.ST.04.31 Explain how fossils provide evidence of the history of the Earth.
E.ST.04.32 Compare and contrast life forms found in fossils and organisms that exist today.
L.EV.05.13 Describe how fossils provide evidence about how living things and environmental conditions have changed.