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I just finished an outreach program for K-5 graders--not the same age level
that you're dealing with, of course, but I did have to consider many of the
same topics. Items you might wish to include are:
1) Various types of fossils and how they're preserved--tracks, coprolites,
bones, shells, amber, etc.
2) How fossils show us evidence of behavior, anatomy, etc. Also. . .how much
we can know and *can't* know from the fossil record.
3) The fact that dinosaurs weren't the only thing that lived long ago!
Brachiopods, trilobites, oreodonts and chalicotheres can be just as
interesting, and are definitely just as important.
4) Facts and fictions of recent popular movies and TV shows
These, along with other suggestions on the list, should be a good start.
Best of luck to you!
Andrew A. Farke
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Box P404
501 East St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tiff" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2001 9:12 AM
> Hello, I was just curious if someone could help me. In
> my Science class, we were asked to choose our own
> topics, I picked Paleontology. Since my teacher isn't
> very knowledgeable on the topic, he suggested that I
> teach that week. I was wondering if anyone could
> suggest some good points to cover for a week
> discussion for a group of high school seniors. Any
> suggestions would be of great help to me.
> Thank you in advance.