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Amber Fossil Lesson Plan

Amber Fossil Lesson Plan, Making Fossil Amber Insect Replica ,Fossils for Kids

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~ Fossils are a fascinating subject to study when exploring prehistoric and indeed historic evolution with kids
~ To find an insect in amber offers the opportunity to study it even though it existed so long ago


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Fossil Insect Lesson Plan

~ Maya and I have always loved fossils, its like taking a little peek into history and actually touching it with your own bare hands
~ amber fossils hold a specialness about them because the whole amber fossil insect is visible and can easily be studied with the naked eye or a special geological microscope

~ Prepare to be amazed what fossil finds are right under your nose

~ even young children can become experienced fossil hunters with a little guidance and patience

~ try and look up your nearest local fossil finding area and prepare a kids activity day to explore the area
~ often there are fossil clubs which you can joine that can offer help indentifying fossils

Objective of Fossil Lesson:
Insect in Amber

~ show students that in prehistoric times insects became fossilized
~ explain that amber is a resin secreted by pine trees
~ demonstrate how insects from prehistoric times became fossilized in Amber
~ Explain that the sap of the pine tree is very sticky and and insect that caught itself in it would get stuck
~ Once the insect caught in amber it would remain their and the sap form the pinetree would continue to flow , dripping onto the insect and over time cover it up completely
~ the layers of sap would harden and fossilized over time
~ the amber with insect in it would remain intact and preserved
~ the prehistoric insect in amber could thus be studied today

Hands-on Activity
Amber Fossil Lesson plan

Note:
this fossil lesson can be planned over a weeks time, simulating the slow passage of time before amber fossil insects would be fossilized

Make Replica Amber Fossil Insect Fossils


Materials needed for fossilized insects:


small dead insect or a plastic insect
bottle cap ( bottle top)
clear nail polish (you can add a drip of orange food color to the nail polish)
pine cones (optional)
tweezers (optional)

Instructions on making fossilized amber replica
Amber Fossil Lesson Plan

~ Take a small bottle top ( bottle cap) and place it onto your worksurface
~ pick the dead insect up with a pair of tweezers and place into the bottle cap
~ Take the clear nailpolish Slowly drip clear nail polish over insect.
~ set the bottle cap in a safe place and leave to dry
~ repeat the process several times and eventually the insect will be completely incased like a real amber fossil

Optional:
Get students to take a walk in nature and find a pine cone or pine tree, look out for the sap and encourage participation in designing the Amber Fossil Lesson Plan to suit the kids needs

Printable Fossil Activities for Kids
 
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How to Make a Fossil Insect Replica in Fossil Rock
Ideas for Fossil Lesson Plan:
Insect Fossil Rock


Make the fossils with plastic insect inside then hide them in a large sandpit for students to find
~ hand out little hammers to tap the fossil find with , crack open to reveal the " fossil insect" Find
~ Instructions for making fossil are easy to follow
Insect Fossil Pictures
Insect Fossil Picture
Insect Fossil Picture
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can be used as a fossil coloring page i your Amber Fossil Lesson Plan
Amber fossils are treasured by many and amber jewellery has become very popular to wear

~ Maya wears a special amber necklace for children that is said to sooth and be benificial when worn on the skin

~ Special Baby amber jewelry for babies is , Baby Amber ,a fossilised resin, is said to have the power to calm a baby and alleviate the symptoms of teething.Maya loves her special amber necklace
 

Tip:
~ Collecting Fossils is a fun and rewarding kids activity
~ it is more difficult to find amber fossils then it is to find rock fossils but lots of amber fossils are available for viewing and touching ( as they are quite sturdy) so it is worth locating an amber fossil insect as part of your Amber Fossil Lesson Plan and study it with the children
~ if you have a microscope you will be amazed what detailed insect fossil in amber preservation remain


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