A "Jigsaw" Activity
Paleontology is an excellent hook for educators to use to teach science, as we all grew up in awe of the giant dinosaurs, or have had our curiosity awakened by the fossils we found while wondering the beach.
We will use the "jigsaw" technique to explore paleontology. Students will be divided into 4 groups. Each group will explore their specific webpage in class or at home. Members of each group will become "experts" on their assigned paleontology topic(s). Then, the groups will disperse and reassemble into new groups that will include one member from each of the former groups. In the duration of one class period, each of the "experts" will provide a brief summary of the essential information about the topics they were assigned to their new group. At the end of this class period, a general discussion will be held about these paleontology topics.
Group 1: Explore Morphology
Group 2: Explore Hot Topics in Paleontology
Group 3: Explore Taphonomy
Group 4: Explore Ichnology