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    John Day Fossil Beds

    National Monument Oregon

For Teachers

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Students take part in a field activity.
 

Education Program 2014

Update: We are now taking reservations for Fall, 2014. Spaces are limited. Our popular horse fossil and general fossil kits are also available to check out!

Teacher Packet

Horse Family Tree A 2 to 2 ¾ hour study program for 9th grade to undergraduate college level students. On site presentation of the Horse Fossil Study Kit, listed below. Students investigate evidence of natural selection and evolutionary processes through the study of horse fossils. Emphasizes structure and function in horses and adaptations to a changing world. Meets ODE science standards for: Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Scientific Inquiry.

Ashfall Discoveries
A 2.5 hour program for students, grades 3 to 6, focusing on how fossils move from discovery to the laboratory and then to the museum. Students hike into a simulated field site; find their location on an aerial photograph, search for fossil replicas, learn about and take field notes, participate in a hands-on lab simulation, and explore the fossil museum with a ranger. Pre-visit and post-visit activities are essential for the success of this program. Meets ODE science standards for: Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Scientific Inquiry.

Museum Detectives
A 1-1.5 hour program for students grades 3 to 7. This hands-on program focuses on the use of clues, comparisons and observations in the science of paleontology. Students learn about the fossil laboratory, participate in a hands-on lab simulation and take part in a museum scavenger hunt. Pre visit activities are recommended for the success of this program. Meets ODE science standards for: Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Scientific Inquiry.

Blast From the Past!
A one-hour, participatory activity for young students, grades 1 to 3. It features a volcano activity, followed by a fossilization activity. Discusses Oregon geography, volcanic deposition, and fossil preservation processes. Meets ODE science and social science standards for: Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Scientific Inquiry and Geography.

Ranger-led Hikes and customized programs may be available upon request
Contact the Education manager to discuss details.



Educational Materials for Classroom Use:

Horse Fossil Study Kit
Includes horse fossil replicas, DVD, background information and ODE curriculum-based, hands-on activities for students grade 9 through undergraduate level. (Kit use fee of $10.)

Fossil Kit
Contains over 20 real fossils spanning geologic time, DVD, slide programs and activities targeted for students grades 3 to 9. (Kit use fee of $10.)

DVD
Five short films on one DVD addressing the formation of the fossil beds, ongoing scientific work at the monument, and the evolution of horses.




To request classroom materials, schedule a field trip, or to request a ranger-facilitated curriculum program, please call our Education Specialist at (541) 987-2333, ext. 1215.

 
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Coming Soon! New Dog Evolution traveling trunk. We hope to have this available to schools in late 2014 or 2015.
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