Fossil Investigation – Learning About Mary Anning

Our dinosaur expert spotted a very busy fossil investigation table whilst on a visit to Altrincham Preparatory School to work with the two classes of Year 1 children who are currently studying dinosaurs and investigating fossils.  The boys have been learning all about the life and work of Mary Anning and most of the fossils on display came from the Lyme Regis (Dorset) area which is where Mary lived.

A Fossil Investigation Table

Rocks and fossils to explore.
A very full “rock table”. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mary Anning Themed Extension Resources

After an exciting morning of dinosaur and fossil workshops, our team member returned to the office and prepared additional themed extension materials that were then emailed over to the school.  Having been comprehensively briefed by the dedicated and enthusiastic Year 1 teaching staff, we were able to provide a non-chronological report compiling exercise that involved the boys researching the story of Mary Anning and learning about some of her fossil discoveries.  In addition, we were able to send over some pictures and drawing materials of prehistoric animals that once thrived in the seas and oceans of the Mesozoic.  After all, the rocks along the Dorset coast around Lyme Regis were all formed in marine conditions.

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The Mary Anning Non-chronological Report Exercise Prepared for the School

Mary Anning Non-chronological report. Investigating fossils.
A non-chronological report exercise based on the life and work of Mary Anning. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Investigating Fossils

An Example of One of the Marine Reptile Drawings Sent to the School

Attenborosaurus conybeari.
Plesiosaurs and other prehistoric animals featured in the lesson plan. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

We look forward to seeing the prehistoric marine seascapes that the pupils create.  Perhaps they will be put up on display in the well-appointed classrooms, if so, we might receive a picture of the boy’s artwork which we can share on our various social media sites.

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