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Paleontologist: Finding Fossil Evidence

from Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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How do scientists know about things that lived so long ago? This program introduces geologic time and the methods paleontologist use to determine the age of fossils.

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By Request: $175.00


45-60 minutes

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Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Dayton, OH
United States

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and our sister site Sunwatch Archaeological Park provide interactive science and cultural learning experiences which enrich the lives of children and adults, enhance the quality of life in our community, and promote a broad understanding of the world. The Boonshoft Museum houses an AZA accredited zoo, a family science center, over one million items in natural history and geology collections, and a planetarium.

Casandra Melke

Program Details


1. Timeline
2. Rocks and Minerals
3. Fossilization
4. Collection pieces from Ice Age


Briefly describe the history of the Earth, give examples of how scientists date fossils/rocks, and describe what rocks and fossils are.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

OH- Ohio Academic Content Standards
Subject: Science
Standard: Earth and Space Sciences; Students demonstrate an understanding about how Earth systems and processes interact in the geosphere resulting in the habitability of Earth. This includes demonstrating an understanding of the composition of the Universe, the Solar System and Earth. In addition, it includes understanding the properties and the interconnected nature of Earth’s systems, processes that shape the Earth and Earth’s history. Students also demonstrate an understanding of how the concepts and principles of energy, matter, motion and forces explain Earth systems, the Solar System, and the Universe. Finally, they grasp an understanding of the historical perspectives, scientific approaches and emerging scientific issues associated with Earth and space sciences.
Grade: Grade Four
Area: Processes That Shape Earth
Grade Level Indicator: 8: Describe how wind, water and ice shape and reshape Earth’s land surface by eroding rock and soil in some areas and depositing them in other areas producing characteristic landforms (e.g., dunes, deltas, glacial moraines).
Grade Level Indicator: 9: Identify and describe how freezing, thawing and plant growth reshape the land surface by causing the weathering of rock.
Grade Level Indicator: 10: Describe evidence of changes on Earth’s surface in terms of slow processes (e.g., erosion, weathering, mountain building, deposition) and rapid processes (e.g., volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides).
Grade: Grade Six
Area: Earth Systems
Grade Level Indicator: 1: Describe the rock cycle and explain that there are sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks that have distinct properties (e.g., color, texture) and are formed in different ways.
Grade Level Indicator: 2: Explain that rocks are made of one or more minerals.
Grade Level Indicator: 3: Identify minerals by their characteristic properties.
Standard: Life Sciences; Students demonstrate an understanding of how living systems function and how they interact with the physical environment. This includes an understanding of the cycling of matter and flow of energy in living systems. An understanding of the characteristics, structure, and function of cells, of organisms and of living systems are developed as well as a deeper understanding of the principles of heredity, biological evolution, and the diversity and interdependence of life. Students also demonstrate an understanding of different historical perspectives, scientific approaches and emerging scientific issues associated with the life sciences.
Grade: Grade Four
Area: Diversity and Interdependence of Life
Grade Level Indicator: 4: Observe and explore that fossils provide evidence about plants that lived long ago and the nature of the environment at that time.
Grade Level Indicator: 5: Describe how organisms interact with one another in various ways (e.g., many plants depend on animals for carrying pollen or dispersing seeds).
Grade: Grade Five
Area: Diversity and Interdependence of Life
Grade Level Indicator: 4: Summarize that organisms can survive only in ecosystems in which their needs can be met (e.g., food, water, shelter, air, carrying capacity and waste disposal). The world has different ecosystems and distinct ecosystems support the lives of different types of organisms.
Grade Level Indicator: 5: Support how an organism’s patterns of behavior are related to the nature of that organism’s ecosystem, including the kinds and numbers of other organisms present, the availability of food and resources, and the changing physical characteristics of the ecosystem.

Grade Level Indicator: 6: Analyze how all organisms, including humans, cause changes in their ecosystems and how these changes can be beneficial, neutral or detrimental (e.g., beaver ponds, earthworm burrows, grasshoppers eating plants, people planting and cutting trees, and people introducing a new species).Grade: Grade Six
Area: Characteristics and Structure of Life
Grade Level Indicator: 1: Explain that many of the basic functions of organisms are carried out by or within cells and are similar in all organisms.
Grade Level Indicator: 2: Explain that multicellular organisms have a variety of specialized cells, tissues, organs and organ systems that perform specialized functions.
Grade Level Indicator: 3: Identify how plant cells differ from animal cells (e.g., cell wall, chloroplasts).
Area: Diversity and Interdependence of Life
Grade Level Indicator: 8: Describe how organisms may interact with one another.