Science & Nature

Junior STEAM Lab: Let's Investigate Fossils (Paleontology + STEM Skills)

Let's dig into the past to learn about what fossils are, how they are formed, where you can find them, and some of the different kinds you can find. Young paleontologists + dinosaur lovers will experience observing real fossils together!
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New class

50 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does aOne-Timeclass work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Wed May 25

Meet once (1 day)
2pm - 2:50pm

Wed Jun 1

Meet once (1 day)
1:30pm - 2:20pm

Wed Jun 15

Meet once (1 day)
2pm - 2:50pm

Sat Jun 18

Meet once (1 day)
2:30pm - 3:20pm

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Class Experience

Through discussion, hands-on activities, gross motor activities, and short lessons, students will be exposed to STEAM concepts and practice important scientific and educational skills such as observation, communication, problem-solving, and recall.  They will be invited to explore and express their creativity through both open-ended and guided projects.
The students will be exposed to new vocabulary such as: trace fossil, preserved, petrified, evidence, dig site, timeline, geographic, extinction, Mesozoic, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, habitat, climate, prehistoric, fossils, paleontology, and more.
I'm so excited to share my love of dinosaurs, and embark on this exciting adventure with you!  I've been teaching STEAM through fun, engaging topics like these to preschool through middle school for 8 years through an independent STEAM education company, and I'm really looking forward to connecting with new students here on Outschool.  Not only will we be learning about dinosaurs, fossils, paleontologists and more--but we'll also get to use our imaginations and practice all kinds of important primary skills together!
No formal homework.  Students are encouraged to share their projects with the other students via the virtual classroom, using photos and videos.  Some extension activities may be suggested but are never required.
Access to a printer
Clay, Sculpy or play dough (gluten-free if needed)
Creative building supplies (such as plastic construction blocks, wooden blocks, magnetic building tiles, etc)
(optional) sand, kinetic sand, or similar material
small plastic toys, objects (we will use these to make our fossils)
flat, textured item (ie a coin, construction blocks baseplate, leaf)--we will create a "crayon rubbing" with this item
One crayon that has the paper removed
Coloring supplies
Glue stick
Rocks, fossils, dinosaur toys or books to share if time permits (not required)
No formal assessment, but feedback is always available upon request.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Some projects may require cutting with scissors or other basic construction.  Adult supervision or assistance may be required at the discretion of the parent, based on the individual student's capabilities and limitations. All creative projects will be age-appropriate in their nature and difficulty.
Allergy Note: Playdough may contain wheat, which could cause an allergic reaction if ingested in those sensitive to wheat gluten or with Celiac disease.  I am happy to provide a recipe for gluten-free playdough upon request, or suggest alternative supplies. 


Alexandra McCarty - STEM - Art - Dinosaurs & More
Lives in the United States
STEAM Teacher, homeschooling mama, indie artist, and maker of messes (the good kind!)
512 total reviews
222 completed classes

About Me

I've been a STEAM educator for 8 years, as well as a homeschool parent, teacher, and advisor for nearly a decade.  I use an eclectic approach to teaching.  I see myself as more of a facilitator and fellow life-long learner than lecturer.  I love... 
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