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Sloth Fossil Activity

An extension lesson for Classroom Adventures: Dirt Decoders.

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Grade Level 3-5

Earth and Space Science

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Let's Become Paleontologists!

Students will work in small groups to assemble a giant ground sloth skeleton puzzle, deepening their understanding of the ground slothʼs skeletal structure and engaging in discussions about the fossilization process.

This brief lesson compliments Classroom Adventures: Dirt Decoders. While it primarily focuses on geology and Earth science, it also integrates life science topics.

  • Approximate program time: 30 minutes

Lesson Objectives

  • Define the terms “fossil and “paleontology”

  • Learn to recognize the giant ground slothʼs skeletal structure

  • Discuss types of fossils and the process of fossilization