Book List: Paleontology/ Archaeology

Tea Rex by Molly Idle

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The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth

Big Tracks, Little Tracks by Millicent E. Selsam

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Is A Blue Whale The Biggest Thing There Is? by Robert E. Wells

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Dinosaur Valley by Mitsushiro Kurokawa

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Fossils Tell Of Long Ago by Aliki

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The Fungus That Ate My School by Arthur Durros

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How Do Animals Adapt? by Bobbie Kalman

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Mouths and Teeth by Elizabeth Miles

Paperback Mouths and Teeth Book

How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

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Time Flies by Eric Rohmann

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2019 Lesson: Paleontology/Archaeology

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Paleontology is the study of dinosaurs. Archaeology is the study of human activity through the recovery of artifacts, architecture, biofacts, cultural landscapes, etc.  We will learn about fossils and how scientists figured out what dinosaurs ate based on bone structure. It is important to know our past so we can better understand our future.

In class we will be doing plaster of Paris dinosaur fossils and excavating them. We will also be doing baking soda dinosaur eggs. This lesson is DYNO-mite!

2019 Lesson: The Arctic

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We are learning about the Arctic in class. The students are learning about climate change, what life is like on the arctic and other interesting facts like how 10% of the Earth’s fresh water is frozen in the ice in the arctic.  They are learning about arctic animals and how they survive in such cold climates.

In class we are doing experiments with “blubber” and testing out cold temperatures with crisco. We are also making “snow” and going ice fishing. There’s “SNOW” place like a science lab haha!

Book List: pH/ Erosion/ Forest Fires

A Handful of Dirt by Raymond Bial

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Dirt by Steve Tomecek

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Erosion by Virginia Castleman

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Blaze And The Forest Fire by C.W. Anderson

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Out Of The Woods by Rebecca Bond

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The Little Hummingbird by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

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Thundering Landslides by Louise Spilsbury

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Awesome Physics Experiments For Kids by Erica L. Colon

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Because Of An Acorn by Lola M. Shaefer

Because of an Acorn

Are Trees Alive? by Debbie S. Miller

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2019 Lesson: pH/ Erosion/ Forest Fires

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The students will be learning about how not all forest fires are bad. The ash from the fire can enrich the soil and actually make it better for new regrowth on the forest floor. Erosion can occur after a fire. We will be discussing the local Brian Head fire that happened a couple of years ago that burned 77,000 acres. The students will learn about the pH scale and how it is used in science.

In class the students will be testing pH soil samples to see if the soil is acidic or basic with pH strips as well as baking soda and vinegar. They will also see samples of different soils to compare to.

Book List: Earth’s Landforms

Island Sting by Bonnie J. Doerr

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Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

My Life In Pink And Green by Lisa Greenwald

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What Is The World Made Of? by Kathleen Zoehfeld

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Volcanoes by Ellen J. Prager

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What Shapes The Land? by Bobbie Kalman

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You’re Aboard Spaceship Earth by Patricia Lauber

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Earthquakes by Ellen Prager

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Feel The Wind by Arthur Dorros

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Grand Canyon: A Trail Through Time by Linda Viera

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Planet Earth/ Inside Out by Gail Gibbons

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2019 Lesson: Earth’s landforms

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We are learning all about Earth’s landforms. From plateaus, mountains, buttes, canyons, valleys. We are learning how wind and water erosion can create landforms as well as volcanic activity. We will learn about tectonic plates and how the ever shifting plates cause earthquakes and mountains to form.

In class we will be doing erosion stations. The students will see how sand can erode with wind and water. We will also be taking a “virtual” trip around the world via Google Earth to see different landforms.

Book List #8 Geology

Rhoda’s Rock Hunt by Mollie Griffin

Geology- Rhoda's rock hunt

The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole & Bruce Degen

Geology- The magic school bus

The Pebble in my Pocket by Meredith Hooper & Chris Coady

Geology- The pebble in my pocket

The Rock Factory: A Story About the Rock Cycle by Jacqui Bailey & Matthew Lilly

Geology- The Rock Factory

A Rock Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas

Geology- A rock can be

If Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk

Geology- If rocks could sing

Everybody Needs A Rock by Byrd Baylor

Geology- Everybody needs a rock

A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston & Sylvia Long

Geolog- A rock is lively

Rocks, Fossils and Arrowheads by Laura Evert

Geology- Rocks