Fun with Fossils Instructographic: Make Your Own Fossils Activity

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  1. Shelle Perry says:

    We did this a couple of years ago for a school project and they turned out neat. We had a great time and my son learned a lot about different types of fossils. I like the medium for this project, we may just have to try it again.

  2. Ty'ke Freeman says:

    My  homemade fossils came out great at the end. I had a little problem with the cast fossil sticking to the mold fossil. Come to find out all I needed was to add cooking spray and no sticking. My preserved fossil I enjoy doing the most because I had the chance to catch bugs. I really like doing this project and plan on doing it again with different objects and bugs. 

  3. Stacy Hayes says:

    Thanks Ty’ke! Great representation for TCAH! Loved seeing your work! 
    ~ Ms. Hayes 
    5th Science

  4. Cordelia Morgan says:

    I loved making my own fossil it was fun. I had problems with the cast fossil to, but I added cooking spray and a little flour and it didn’t stick. Once i’m old enough to be married i’ll tech it to my children.

  5. Hamzah Al-Bedaiwi says:

    I did this project and it was so fun.

  6. Mrs. Crawley-TCAH says:

    I am loving receiving your fossil submissions in the dropbox.  It would be fun for you all to see each others on here, but at least we had the chance to share them on webcam in live lesson!

  7. Kristen Archuleta says:

    I loved doing this project. Although I did not like touching the bug and pushing it down hearing the crunching sound. My cast was hard to see because it was a ball on top of a ball which was supposed to be a shell. I hope to do another fun lab experiment again.

  8. Lexie Dunn says:

    I loved doing the project about fossils.  It was a lot of fun to make it.  Mine took forever to dry though.  I had to use play doh for the mold fossil because my mixture wasn’t working for me.  Overall, I thought it was fun!

  9. Ms. Hayes - TCAH says:

    This has been so fun to see everyone’s fossils. Mrs. Crawley and I will be making a collage of some of the ones you send in and hope to show it on here! Great job everyone!

  10. Mrs. Crawley-TCAH says:

    I am so glad you had fun with the project Kristen.  I am sure that was gross.  I am assuming you used a dead bug.  I am enjoying getting your feedback on the project.

    Lexie- I am delighted that you problem solved and found another way to finish your assignment. Sometimes science experiments don’t go exactly as we expect or hope and we have to realize that this is just part of science. It happens to professional Scientist too! I think what we have found as a group is that the instructions needed to say “dry, cold coffee grounds”.  If they were wet, it struggles to dry.

  11. Anthony Corpuz says:

    Making our own fossils was a blast. It’s really cool how many different ways fossils can be formed. Doing this was fun and it helped me learn more about how fossils were made.

  12. Aisha Esmail says:

    This project was fun but  the coffee dough was very stinky. We had to keep our noses blocked. Now I can teach to my two little sisters when they are in 5th grade and in Connections Academy.

  13. BG says:

    I liked learning about fossils! Making the casts and molds were fun!

  14. Aida says:

    Fun project! I really liked how it resembled the actual fossils a lot. The preserved fossil took the longest to make since it had to be frozen but overall it was fun to learn about fossils.

  15. Tracie says:

    Hi! I am a librarian, and we are considering incorporating this activity into an upcoming dinosaur program. The catch is that we would need to create the fossils about 2 weeks in advance, due to staff schedules and time constraints. At the actual program, the homemade fossils would be part of a “Paleontology Training” station that challenges kids to measure, make observations, collect data, and identify them. In your experience, would the coffee-dough fossils hold up well for that length of time?

  16. Connections Academy says:

    Hi Tracie,

    The coffee dough should last for well over 2 weeks if stored properly.  For long storage, you should place the dough in plastic wrap and then in a ZipLock bag in the fridge. You may need to add water for next use if the dough becomes too dry. If it becomes too sticky, just add salt in flour.  

    Check out some of our other blog posts for more fun activities.

    Thanks for reading!
    Connections Academy

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