Riverbed Fossil

Designed by Randy Ashenfelter Dinosaurs weren’t the only living things to leave behind fossils. Scientists called palebotanists have also been able to use plant fossils to get a better idea of what life was like in prehistoric time. Fossils also help in classifying plants based on their structure. Our fossil may have been formed when a fern branch fell into the soft mud along a riverbank. Over the course of a great number of years, the mud hardened and turned into a sedimentary rock. Even though the fern is gone, its impression remains. Educational Objectives: This lesson provides opportunities for students to: ·Make an “instant fossil” using leaves collected from their own environment. ·Study the fossil record and learn how fossils are formed. ·Learn about techniques that paleontologists and palebotanists use to study fossils. ·Study Botany and understand various classifications of plant life.

Complete Lesson Plan Riverbed Fossil (PDF)