You might take this opportunity to show the students how to make a mold
and using plaster to cast. Are your classes going to the Falls of the
Ohio? When our 5th graders went, they were given a lemon-sized piece of
modeling clay and were told to find an interesting fossil for an
impression. They put all of the clay in a shallow box for
transportation, then we put all of them together on a tray and made the
plaster cast. They used the new fossil in class as a study resource.
Each child could also create individual pieces.
They could also make a series of rubbings and create a collage from the
We have taken leaves and pressd them into clay for 'fossils' too, but
the leaves in KY are pretty dry right now. We used red clay rolled into