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Paleontologists: Can You Dig It?

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Paleontologists: Can You Dig It?

In this activity, learners explore the work of paleontologists. Learners discuss what paleontologists do and then role-play as paleontologists in a "Paleontologist Dig." A sand table, plastic storage box or wading pool is filled with sand, rocks and plastic models of skeletons and fleshed-out dinosaurs. Learners work in small groups to dig, draw, research and then rebury their finds. This activity is featured on page 49 of the "Dinosphere" unit of study for K-2 learners.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Fossils
      • Dinosaurs
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Evolution
      • History of Life
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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