Be a fossil detective


Living things and their habitats, Rocks, Evolution and inheritance, Human and physical geography

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Your class can become fossil detectives with these enquiry-based resources. Students explore animal adaptations and make suggestions about how they lived by using the be a fossil detective poster to answer questions on the be a fossil detective adaptations activity sheet.

Students continue to explore fossils through reading comprehension in the be a fossil detective ichthyosaur fact-file. In the fossil to living thing card match your class will apply their acquired understanding of how fossils may have looked when alive to novel examples.

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