Camp Kawartha

Rocks and Fossils

fossilsIt is hard to imagine touching something that is 450 million years old, but with the help of the many fossils found here, students can hold the remnants of creatures that once swam in ancient seas. Students find out how fossils are made, cast their own fossils from plaster and explore with magnifying glasses the imprints of shells, brachiopods, crinoids and cephalopods embedded in layers of limestone. Students also participate in a simulated “dig”, locating bones and reconstructing a skeleton of a mystery animal. We’ll also explore some of the unique land features and rocks on Camp Kawartha’s range area. Who knows what future palaeontologist might be inspired?

Season Availability: Fall, Spring

Feel free to contact us about modifying any of our outdoor education programs to suit older or younger students.

Grade 4 : Science Curriculum Links *

Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Rocks and Minerals

Specific Expectations
3.3   describe how igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks are formed
3.4   describe the characteristics of the three classes of rocks and explain how their characteristics are related to their origin

* Curriculum links & expectations for this program are based on “The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Science and Technology”