A fossil or rock dig is not only fun, but it is a great reason to get students to write. Click here to access the free student writing form.
Each year, I set up a classroom dig with my students. All grade levels investigate fossils. I use rocks with just some grade levels. When we do dig for rocks, we analyze rock features and classify them as sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous.
How to Set Up A Classroom Dig
Rocks or Fossils
Paintbrushes (I purchase mine from any discount type of dollar store.)
Sand (or moon sand from Brookstone)
A bucket to hold the materials
A student recording form Click Here To Access It
This is a dinosaur fossil that I made using a mold and plaster of paris.
The students work in small groups to look for rocks and fossils. Once they find something, they write about what they find. I really enjoy seeing the students have fun doing this activity. This gets them to use inference skills because students must use clues about what they have previously learned in order to explain what they have found.
After each student has taken a turn, each person must complete a written form. This is a great way to include grammar and writing.