In this Dinosaur Train clip, Mr. Conductor explains what fossils are and how they are created, and Dr. Scott the Paleontologist disuccses how paleontologists find, care for, and conduct research with the fossils they uncover.
Frame Ask your students to name the oldest thing they have ever seen and write their answers on the board. Discuss with your students which item they think is the oldest and why. Explain to your students that because the planet is millions of years old, some things from prehistoric time, like bones, teeth and even plants, may still be found on Earth.
Focus Explain to your students that you will be watching a clip from Dinosaur Train where Buddy, Tiny, Shiny and Don find a very old tooth. Tell your students to watch the clip and identify how the tooth came to remain on the earth for so long.
Follow-Up Ask your students:
“What did Mr. Conductor call the very old tooth that Buddy and the kids found?” (A fossil)
“How many years ago did the dinosaur, whose tooth the kids found, live?” (Millions of years ago)
“What happened after the dinosaur died to turn it into a fossil?” (It was buried in sand and mud, which eventually turned to stone)
“What do paleontologists do?” (They find dinosaurs)
“What types of fossils do paleontologists normally find?” (Bones, teeth, plants, shells, poop)