Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan For Dual Language Science
This sample lesson plan utilizes a number of key visual teaching tools including video and images, reinforced with written student activities. It is designed to encourage teachers to integrate these powerful teaching tools into their classroom.

fascinating fossils lesson plan 
This K-2 lesson plan explores the characteristics and formation of fossils. Use the links provided to access video clips and a student activity (in Spanish and English). Also included are student learning objectives, suggestions for introducing the concept, and assessment activities.

student learning objectives
Students will be able to do the following:

  1. ​Explain that fossils are the traces of things from the distant past.
  2. Know that we are able to learn a lot about life long ago by studying fossils.
  3. Understand that fossils can form in different ways.
introducing the video
  1. Before showing the video ask students to describe their favorite dinosaurs.
  2. Ask them if dinosaurs are alive today. Then ask them how is it we know so much about dinosaurs if they have been extinct for millions of years.
  3. Show them the image below. Explain that it is a fossil of the claws and hand of a meat-eating dinosaur. It is a fossil.
  4. Write the word “fossil” on the board.
  5. Tell students to pay close attention to the video to learn about fossils.

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View the video clip by clicking the Spanish or English version. Following the video, ask students to explain some different forms of fossils.

what is a fossil video icon       what is a fossil video icon
     English                     Spanish

student activity
Have students complete the student activity titled “make a fossil”. All the materials can be obtained in a grocery store.

plant_life_cycles_icon        ciclos_de_vida_de_las_plantas_icon
      English                    Spanish

ELA common core connection
Have students imagine that while walking on a beach they come across a rock with an imprint of a strange looking fish. It is a fossil of an ancient fish. Have students explain or write how they think the fossil formed. They should use the following vocabulary terms: imprint, sediment, bones, and fossil.

To assess student understanding of fossils, ask them to describe at least two different ways fossils are formed. They can draw pictures of the process, describe the process verbally, or write about it.

more lessons
This lesson is from the unit of study produced by Visual Learning Systems titled “Fascinating Fossils”. Please view our complete collection of K-2 dual language Spanish science topics by clicking on this link.

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