As part of Science Friday's Educator Collaborative series (check out the 10-13-2017 Scout Report), veteran science educator Marta Toran has created this lesson plan designed to engage middle school learners with the science of fossilization. In this hands-on, multi-day activity, students place chicken wings in plastic containers and observe how a variety of factors, such as air exposure and the type of material used to bury the wing, impact fossilization of the chicken wing over the course of several weeks. In addition, this lesson plan features a number of videos about the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California which illuminates why this site is home to so many fossils. In addition, this lesson plan includes a card game called "Fossilize Me!" which is designed to help students learn about the conditions necessary for fossilization.
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