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These online resources have been selected to support the popular topic - Fossils. Fossils are the preserved remains of ancient animals and plants, usually bones, shell, wood or teeth. They play an important role in helping tell us the history of Earth and the animals and plants that have lived on it. Palaeontology is the branch of biology that studies life that existed in former geological periods. SCIS 1698401

New Zealand fossils
How fossils are formed and evidence of fossils in New Zealand.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Explores how a fossil is formed, with clear diagrams. Includes a fossil game.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Fossil Facts
Children will learn how fossils are formed, what the words paleontology and petrification mean, how we know so much about the dinosaurs and much more.

Suggested level: intermediate

This site describes New Zealand‘s Fossils and where they can be found. Includes photos, videos, teaching activities, interactive games and more.

Suggested level: intermediate

Fossils and dinosaurs
Very clear, simple information about fossils.

Suggested level: primary

National Geographic

This site provides a wealth of information and multimedia resources for students of all levels on fossils and the work of paleontologists.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History

Life of a vertebrate fossil is a multi-media resource. It takes you through the each stage of work a paleontologist undertakes from finding fossils and getting permission to collect them, to digging them up and understanding what they can tell us about past life.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

To discover information on the homework site ManyAnswers, use the search term ‘Fossils’.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, junior secondary

Encyclopedia Britannica Online provides comprehensive information on fossils at junior and more advanced levels.  School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, junior secondary

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

The Berenstain Bears' dinosaur dig, by Jan & Mike Berenstain, 2012 (picture book)
Fossil, by Bill Thomson, 2013  (picture book)
Fossil, by  Clare Ewart, 2004 (picture book)
Memory bones, by Melaina Faranda, 2009 (junior fiction)
Robert Irwin, Dinosaur hunter series, by Jack Wells, 2013 (junior fiction)

Fossil hunting (the first of many videos), NoeK12 site, 3:35

Fossils with TIm and Moby, Brain POP, 2:00 (includes a quizz), visit Watch Know Learn website for other videos.