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Investigating FOSSILS!

Posted by on October 15, 2015

The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions.

~Claude Lévi-Strauss

WOW! Wednesday, October 14, 2015 was National FOSSIL Day! Thanks to a special family friend, Howard J, for sending that awesome tip in!

WOW! Wednesday, October 14, 2015 was National FOSSIL Day! Thanks to a special family friend, Howard S, for sending that awesome tip in!

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

~Albert Einstein

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 was National FOSSIL Day! We had NO idea there was a National Fossil Day … celebrated in the United States each year … but … we were VERY happy that it coincided with what we were working on in our Rocks and Minerals inquiry! We are VERY intrigued by fossils. It is HARD to wrap your HEAD around the fact that fossils are MILLIONS of years OLD!

Many of us have our very OWN fossils … and we plan to bring them in for our “Rock Museum”, a special afternoon when we invite our families in to check out OUR special collections of rocks and minerals! A few of us have begun to sneak them in EARLY because we are just THAT excited!

Just LOOK at some of the special treasures coming in!

Just LOOK at some of the special treasures coming in!

Bill Nye has some wonderful science videos … and it just so happens he has one about FOSSILS too! We began our adventure by watching his fossil video. Inspired and INTRIGUED, we grabbed the iPads and special rock books our librarian had pulled off the shelves for us! After that … we discovered that it isn’t only PALEONTOLOGISTS who discover fossils … even KIDS have made some MAJOR finds! (If you click on the hyperlink, you’ll have to check out KYLIE’S story … SHE found a saber tooth cat skull that was MUSEUM quality!) WOW!

We got to TOUCH a VERY special fossil that was given to Mrs. Renton by a VERY special family friend, Howard J.

We got to TOUCH a VERY special fossil that was given to Mrs. Renton by a VERY special family friend, Howard S.

Before we KNEW what this fossil was, we took turns GUESSING what we thought it might be! Some of our guesses were:

  • fossilized wood
  • petrified wood
  • regular wood
  • a fossil of some kind
  • maybe it has a fossil inside it
  • fossilized tree that was in a forest fire
  • a fossilized bone

Surprisingly … we were pretty GOOD at this! Just WAIT until you see what happened NEXT!

THIS was what happened next! Before you read AHEAD ... can YOU guess what these little bits are?

THIS was what happened next! Before you read AHEAD … can YOU guess what these little bits are?

Here are just a FEW of the guesses we had for those five interesting bits:

  • fossilized wood
  • dried up buffalo poo
  • bits of mudball
  • fossilized poo
  • regular wood
  • fish poo
  • little bits of cork

In the END … these five interesting “bits” were actually … COPROLITE! They were 65 MILLION years old … and from Saskatchewan! What in the WORLD is COPROLITE? Well … you’d BEST click on the HYPERLINK to learn a LITTLE more! The Grade Three Bloggers were on a ROLL! The CORRECT term? Feces … or … dung! Although we were all just a LITTLE grossed out after TOUCHING it … we realized that it is no LONGER feces … it has been TURNED to STONE! PHEW!!! Gosh … we even discovered that SOME people make JEWELRY out of coprolite!

We found SO many great books AND websites to investigate! Make sure you click on all the HYPERLINKS in this post!

We found SO many great books AND websites to investigate! Make sure you click on all the HYPERLINKS in this post!

We hope you enjoy reading our discoveries and wonders:

“I wonder how animals take so long to get fossilized! Did you know the word fossil, in Latin, means dug up? Fossils are usually found in sedimentary rock. Did you know that 90% of life on earth is extinct? Only a few objects are fossilized because  the conditions have to be just right. 10% of life on earth still lives.” ~Omar

“On October 14, 2015, our teacher made us guess what this was. It smelled funny … and it was poo. It is poo from dinosaurs. I wonder how dinosaurs came to life. Imagine if you lived there. It would be scary. They can be taller than a house. Did you know that a dinosaur bone could be heavier than a jeep? There was a girl who found a saber tooth cat skull. Did you know that on October 14th it is Fossil Day for the United States? I can’t wait to learn about fossils again!” ~Madison

“Today is National Fossil Day. Did you know that fossils were living things that now have died? Fossils were covered in ash and mud. When animals died after many years they turned into fossils. Did you know that the largest dinosaur fossils so far is the brachiosaurus? The other longest is a diplodocus. And, the smallest dinosaur is the size of a chicken. Fossils are so cool. I wish that I could find a fossil. I wonder what the biggest fossil ever found is? And,m I also wonder what the smallest fossil found is?” ~Alexia

“Are fossils cool, or what? Fossils are from animals that lived long ago. Or plants. It takes a long time for a fossil to form. The youngest fossil probably was born in the 1500s! Fun Facts: the word fossil means dug up! Fossils are found in every continent on earth. Dead leaves fall into water, rot and then turn into fossils. Is that ever cool?” ~Ryan

“Have you ever wondered what in the world are fossils? Well, if you have wondered about that, keep reading to find out what they are. Fossils are animals or plants that have died and have been covered with layers of sediment and then in about a MILLION years they become very hard and turn into rock. People find them. If they are dinosaur bones or something valuable like that, then they can even put them in museums! Fossils are usually extinct animals. Extinct means that animal doesn’t live anymore, neither does it’s species. Dinosaurs are totally extinct. They lived very long ago! Most fossils are found in sedimentary rock! Fossils are not often found in igneous or metamorphic rocks because the heat and pressure that produce these types of rocks destroys fossils! Today, Mrs. Renton passed around different types of rocks. She asked us what types of rocks they were. Want to know what they were? The two things that they were were petrified wood and DINOSAUR POO! But, it wasn’t gross and it didn’t smell because now it was rock! And, rocks don’t smell! I wonder what is coral made of and how does it form? Thanks for reading!” ~Sarah


Can YOU guess what kind of fossil THIS is? Mrs. Renton found it in Griffith Woods, on the riverbank! She’s NEVER managed to find another like it, but she keeps her eyes peeled!

“It’s National Fossil Day! I didn’t even know it was National Fossil Day! And, did you know beach cliffs are full of fossils?” ~Catherine

“Fossils. Fossils. Fossils. Fossils are pieces of time that were left behind. Fossils are a window to time that opens up several million years before humans ever lived. Like perhaps it take you to when the ferocious t-rex lived. Or, when saber tooth tiger lived. Or … you get the idea. And, did you know that 90% of life on earth is extinct? And 10% still lives. Fossils usually are in sedimentary rock because they get destroyed by heat. The word fossil, in Latin, means dug up.” ~Tanek

“Did you know that today is National Fossil Day? Wow! The average dinosaur fossil is about 25 billion years old! A bone fossil is not a bone … it’s a rock! Amber is normally 70 billion ears old! There are still undiscovered dinosaurs! Sediment is where you find fossils because of the heat. I wonder what dinosaurs sound like?” ~Cooper

“The fossils of dinosaurs are found on every continent including Antarctica! The remains of a dead animal’s bones is a fossil! A fossil is amazing! I LOVE them! Fossils are very rare! I wonder how do fossils help us?” ~Daniel S

“Have you ever just been doing your everyday stuff when you start thinking about fossils and more and more questions just keep popping up in your head and you are desperate to try and find the answers? Well, if it has, hopefully I can help you find a few of the answers. Fossils are just like dead animals or plants that have been covered in paint pressed on a rock and left a mark. Many things can be made into fossils: dinosaurs, birds, fish and plants. When a fossil is made, usually the soft parts of the body rot away but the hard bones stay. Most of the time fossils are found in sedimentary rock. Fossils can help us tell how long life has been on Earth! They also help us tell how different plants and animals are related. When I found this fact online, I was quite amazed. There can be underwater fossils! The biggest fossil is 85 feet long and weighs about 65 tonnes!!! (That’s about as heavy as 13 female elephants!!!) The owner to this fossil is a NEW found dinosaur. It’s a dreadnoughtus! It might be the biggest animal on Earth! Hope I helped answer some of your questions! I wonder how bones, (and skulls), are fossils?” ~Aimee

“How did fossils come on land? Well, I think you can find fossils in Canada. I think so. What are fossils made of? Where can they come from? I want to find a fossil. I want to really! Well, they can be big or small. And there is so many fossils. What does a fossil look like inside? Maybe there are fossils in the water!” ~Aboudi

“I love learning about fossils, minerals and rocks! But, I’m unlucky. I’m moving to Nova Scotia. At my new school I might learn about rocks too! After a dinosaur dies it’s flesh rots away. The biggest dinosaurs could have been 40 meters or 130 feet! Scientists can tell how old the fossil is from the rocks around it! Fossils are formed in layers around it. National Fossil Day is today, which is October 14, 2015. Fossils trace out the body of the animal!” ~Ethan

“Have you ever wondered what is the biggest fossil? Well, there are many different fossils. Fossils are usually found in sedimentary rock because it is more near the surface and metamorphic rock is more near the mantle and igneous is the same. And, if they were near the mantle the bones would heat up and burn. But, there are many layers of sand or mud. After millions of years the dinosaur flesh rots away and only the skeleton is left behind. But, not very much animals are turned into fossils.” ~Matt

“Have you ever woken up in the morning and said today’s a fossil day? 90% of life on earth is gone. The word fossil is Latin. Some of the mosquitoes got stuck in amber. Some mammoth got stuck in the ice. Did you know you can make fake fossils? Fossils are millions of years old. I wonder if I will be a fossil?” ~Daniel B

“Most fossils are in sedimentary rock. We think 90% of things are all gone. Fossils used to survive billions of years ago. Fossils got trapped in dirt and mud. Some fossils are trapped in ice. Sometimes dead things can’t become fossils.” ~Alvin

“Have you wondered what a fossil is? Well, I do! A fossil is an animal that lived millions of years ago. I love to dig and get dirty and look for fossils! Sadly, I have never ever found one. Did you know that today is National Fossil Day? I never knew that. How do I know? Mrs. Renton told us! Mrs. Renton loves to look for fossils too! She has found a lot of fossils. But, no dinosaur bones. (She really has never found any bones.) I wonder where the first fossil, (or bone), was found. I went on the iPads when I got to school, (okay, the whole class did), and found a lot of information. Scientists use tools to help them find bones. Here are some: nails, paint brushes, hammers, pick axes, shovels, magnifying glasses. I love to draw too. So, when I was researching I went to images and found some bones of dinosaurs. Did you know that dinosaur means terrible lizard? I had no idea the plants turn to fossils! I wonder when I will find a fossil?” ~Carissa

“Did you know that 90% of everything is gone? Also, people come and found oily fossils. You know what? Some fossils are millions of years old! Do you know how fossils are formed? I’m gonna tell you how the fossils are formed. It’s by the animal that died and gets covered by the mud and all things, then lots of time passes and then there might be a fossil. Hmm. I wonder if there is fossils of everything? Do you wonder what is the biggest fossil? I know the answer. Did you know that there are fossils under water? Also at beach cliffs … it’s full of fossils that are showing the layers after millions of years or more. Do you know that the soft part of the body rots but the hard parts stay? Well, I didn’t know that! Do you know for t-rex fossils on 30 of them were found? Fossils help us tell how different the plants and animals are. Also, fossils can help us know how long the life has been.” ~Ella

“Have you ever wondered if you could see a fossil? Well, today is your lucky day. We just finished watching our teacher show us some fossils. Do you want to know about them? Okay. Let’s get started. If you want to find one then you need lots of tools. Sharks fossils are really old like over 200 million years. The BIGGEST dinosaur fossil found is 22.5 meters long and 12 meters tall and it is called brachiosaurus. Some fossils help make a geological map. The tiniest dinosaur fossils are the size of a chicken. Fossils can be found anywhere. In the sand, on the beach, in a cave. Now I will tell you about MY wonders. Can people be fossils? who is the first person to find fossils. Is there fossils in space? I think that is enough research for you!” ~Mary

“Okay people, come and get your free food! Won’t be here for long! It will end in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Ding! It’s over. Well, now that you’re here, let me tell ya something about FOSSILS! Did you know that a ot more people have found fossils now than when the dinosaurs were here! I wonder why they call them fossils? Do the letters mean anything or do they just like the name?” ~Mila

“Fossils can be found in sedimentary rock. Fossils form when an animal or plant die and decay in sand. A fossil can look like a rock.” ~Kagan

“Did you know the smallest dinosaur fossil is the size of a chicken? I found that out at You can also find out what the biggest fossil is too! They probably found it in sedimentary rock. You know why? Because most fossils are found in sedimentary rock! Do you wonder why? Because I do. I also wonder how they are formed. And, finally, I wonder how fossils get to the earth’s surface? Because they are buried underground! 90% of earth’s living things are gone!” ~Elise

“Oh hi! I didn’t see you there. My name is Evan and our class is learning about fossils. Here are some things you didn’t know. Paleontologists are people who discover fossils. Here’s some places you might find fossils: Australia, New Mexico, North America and Alberta, Canada! Here’s some of my wonders: are there fossils of cavemen? Are birds related to dinosaurs? When was the first fossil found?” ~Evan

“Fossils are just SO cool! So many things that lived on earth are gone. It’s just so cool. I just think I might be a scientist because fossils are so cool. It’s so awesome. I wonder if you could make your own fossil. The smallest dinosaur is the size of a chicken!” ~Carson

“I love fossils. Don’t you? Have you ever wondered how old amber is? Well here is your answer. Amber is 70 million years old! Amber is sticky tree sap. This is an example of how amber makes fossils. Millions of years ago an insect was smothered up by sticky tree sap called amber. Slowly the sap hardens up into a substance called amber. This is a perfectly good example of ancient life. Did you know amber can be found in jewels? Fossils are usually covered in layers.” ~Riddhima (Surprise … you can make your own FAKE amber!)

“I would like to see a saber tooth tiger fossil. I wonder how sharp a saber tooth tiger’s tooth is. Fossils are usually found in sedimentary rock. Fossils are millions of years old. People in Pompeii are filled and covered with ash.” ~Simos

“Would you like to learn about fossils? Because, if you do, you are at the right place! Fossils are living things that are millions of years old. For fossil hunting you’ll need brushes and dental picks. The earth’s crust is full of igneous rock. So, that means you are more likely to find fossils above the earth’s crust. Fossils are often found in sedimentary rocks. Scientists can only study dinosaurs by their fossils left behind. The word fossil comes from a Latin word meaning “dug up”. The fossils or a bone does not have any bone in it. Some animals are buried quickly by sinking in the mud. The smallest dinosaurs ever found were the size of a chicken. There are many different types of fossils. China is where they found the (?) fossils. I wonder where the most likely place to find a dinosaur bone is. I wonder where the first fossil was found!” ~Jamie

Science, in the very act of solving problems, creates more of them.

~Abraham Flexner

Mrs. Renton ... LOOK what I found in THIS book! It's ALL about how to make your own FAKE fossils! Do you think we could give it a try? PULLLLLEEEEEEAAAASSSSEEE!

Mrs. Renton … LOOK what I found in THIS book! It’s ALL about how to make your own FAKE fossils! Do you think we could give it a try? PULLLLLEEEEEEAAAASSSSEEE!

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

~Eden Phillpotts

As you can see … every answer brings even MORE wonders! You can help us out, at home, by trying to help to answer some of our wonders. There are honestly not enough hours in the day to get to the bottom of EVERYTHING we want to know! If you manage to find the answers to some of our wonders, we’d LOVE to hear from you in the comment section!

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11 Responses to Investigating FOSSILS!

  1. Ross Mannell

    Hello again.

    Since I had only recently prepared an extended comment for you, I thought it might be some time before I wrote another but, on seeing this post, you shared another favourite topic of mine… Fossils.

    I prepared a post for you so you can see some of the fossils in my collection, and a few other items I find interesting. Here is a link to the post…

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

  2. Claire

    Hi guys it’s Claire!

    National fossil day that is AWESOME! I love what you did to celebrate it!

    Have fun!

    Claire 🙂

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Claire!

      Thanks for the great comment! We are learning SO much about fossils! We had SO much fun celebrating National Fossil Day. We think National Fossil Day is really awesome too! We LOVED writing that blog post! Do you know more about fossils than us? Have you ever found a fossil out in the wild? Do YOU think there are fossils in SPACE?

      Have a nice day, Claire! Thank you for your comment!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  3. Irene

    Wow! I didn’t know there was a National Fossil Day either! It’s awesome to read all the information you guys have learned about fossils.

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Irene!

      Thanks for the extraordinary comment! The first time that Mrs. Renton told us about National Fossil Day we were like … WHHHHAAAATTTTT????? We also thought it was awesome to read all our information! What was the most interesting piece of information you discovered on our post? We wonder what you knew about fossils BEFORE you read our post? Have you ever FOUND a fossil? Did you already know about coprolite???

      Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  4. Alison

    I think it is so cool that you are learning such interesting things in your class, and I love reading each of your thoughts on the topics. Very informative, and fun too!

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Alison!

      We loved your beautiful comment! We like that you are learning so much stuff about fossils from our class blog! Have you ever found a fossil before? Thank you for saying that you LOVE our thoughts … we worked really hard on this post! We also think it’s pretty amazing that we are learning so many interesting things in class! We are having a LOT of fun learning about fossils! We’ve learned SO much and we’ve only been in Grade Three for forty-three days!!!

      We hope you keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  5. Karen

    I loved reading about fossils.
    Thanks for teaching ME so much about fossils.

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Karen!

      Thanks for the comment! We read a lot about fossils, also, and we loved sharing what we learned with our blog readers! We ALSO loved reading about fossils! We wonder what you learned about fossils from reading our post that you didn’t know before?

      Have a NICE day! Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  6. carson

    ow aren’t fossils so cool carson

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Carson!

      Thanks for the AWESOME comment, Carson! We agree … fossils really ARE cool! Do you have any fossils in YOUR house? If so, how many do you have? Have you ever found a fossil YOURSELF?

      Have a NICE day, Carson! Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

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