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Fossils and Quiet Places

Fossils and Quiet Places


This resource is a Science student activity that utilizes Utah's Online Library resources - specifically, Gale's Kids InfoBits and eMedia - to help students learn about fossils and quiet places. 

About Utah's Online Library

Utah's Online Library provides Utah educators and students free access to high-quality reference collections such as EBSCO, Gale Reference Collection, World Book, eMedia, and LearningExpress Library.

This activity was designed to help educators utilize this amazing resource in their classrooms.

Note: Utah educators and students visiting Utah's Online Library from a school computer should be automatically authenticated. When at home, students must use the home access login that their teacher or school media specialist can provide. Utah educators can use either their my.uen login or the home access login.



Essential Question: How do fossils provide evidence about plants and animals that lived long ago?

Scientists with the National Park Service recently declared Dinosaur National Monument which is located in northeast Utah and northwest Colorado as one of the quietest places in the lower 48 states. According to one source, it’s so quiet there that you can hear a coyote sneeze! 

Dinosaur National Monument is one of the premier places in the world to view and learn about fossils. In addition, Utah's Online Library's eMedia has excellent videos and still images for your students as they learn about how fossils were formed. Gale’s Kids InfoBits has many fossils resources; students can search for fossils and then choose whether they want magazine articles, books, pictures, or news.

Curriculum Connections: 

SEEd - 4th Grade