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Ancient Organisms

Launch (8th-12th grade)
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Discover the world of Ancient Organisms! You will design and carry out investigations to discover the intricacies of fossils. Learn how fossils are used to understand ancient and modern organisms and even create your own! Read More

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Unlock the world of Ancient Organisms with this Launch level Science Unlocked curriculum kit!

Ancient Organisms: Understanding the Past to Understand Now is an exciting experience for developing Paleontologists and historians. Additionally, students will understand the relationship between organisms based on anatomical similarities seen in fossils, embryos, and other modern organisms.

The kit includes a full-color student curriculum workbook and teacher guide, with detailed, step-by-step instructions for seven activities designed to engage your student in fossils. The student experience has inquiry-based activities and assessments designed to enhance your students understanding of fossils and how fossils are used to teach us about the past as well as connect the past to the present. This kit will take just minutes to set up, but provide over 15 hours of learning and fun! Both the teacher and student can jump right in and follow the student workbook and teacher guide.

In this kit, the student will engage in these fun activities:

  1. Testing a set of samples to determine which are fossils and which are not.
  2. Discover the characteristics of fossils by creating their own model of an ancient organism.
  3. Create their own trace fossil to test for anatomical similarities.
  4. Demonstrate their understanding of organism relatedness by creating an embryology model.
  5. Learn about the two types of fossil dating and test their understanding with a hands-on example for each type.
  6. Build two fossil records.
  7. Sort organisms based on phenotypes and build a phylogenetic tree based on student-led research.

The included teacher guide, full-color student curriculum workbook, and various activities provide hours of learning and education. Use this Ancient Organisms lab kit to answer questions such as:

  • What is a fossil?
  • What can we learn from the different types of fossils?
  • How do fossils help us understand relatedness among modern organisms?
  • Is there more to relatedness than what we can see?
Our Ancient Organisms kit is a part of the Science Unlocked Launch series and is recommended for grades 8-12.

Interested in learning more? Check out our Student Workbook Sample and Teacher Guide Sample


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This kit contains:

  • Bag of samples
  • Balloons
  • Box of toothpicks
  • Cardstock
  • Feather
  • Funnel
  • Matches
  • Packing peanuts
  • Pie pan
  • Pipet
  • Plaster powder
  • Sand
  • Scale
  • Shell
  • Shrink film
  • String
  • Tongue depressors

You will also need:

  • Baking sheet
  • Clear tape
  • Oven
  • Permanent markers
  • Scissors
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Water


Warning: CHOKING HAZARD - Balloons. Children under 8 years can choke or suffocate on underinflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.
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