Indiana Expeditions with Rick Corsslin, Teacher Toolkit
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Indiana Expeditions - Earth Science

Rick follows real dinosaur bones from a dig site in South Dakota as they come out of the earth and ultimately make their way to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Other adventures delve below the earth's surface into Indiana caves and a real coal mine.

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Lesson: Mining and Land Reclamation

Students will gain an understanding of the economics of mining, including costs associated with land reclamation following the mining process by "mining" chocolate chip cookies for their "ore" (i.e. chocolate chips).

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Lesson: The Name Game - Exploring Dinosaur Names

Students will gain an understanding of how dinosaurs are named. Using designated card sets for the different parts of dinosaur names, students will construct dinosaur names and then describe and draw or construct a model of their "new" dinosaur.

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Lesson: Student Paleontologists - Delving into Microfossils

Given a small clay sample, students will use a simple cleaning procedure to search for microfossils. They will choose a specific physical characteristic to sort the samples, classify the samples by phylum, and then display the samples for others to examine.

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