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Topical Tuesdays: Fossil Hunting - KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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Wouldn’t it be amazing to search for dinosaurs and other creatures that existed millions of years ago? When you go fossil hunting, that’s exactly what you do. This resources pack includes an article from The Week Junior magazine, along with a sheet of activities designed to get children thinking, talking and writing about what the story means to them.

is fossil hunting really a suitable activity for children? Wouldn’t it be more interesting to search for living shellfish or, indeed, observe any other aspect of the natural world as it is today? Or are fossils a great way to feel connected to the long and fascinating history of the Earth? Who wouldn’t want to find the remnants of something that shared our planet with the dinosaurs? And isn’t it good for children to try activities that promote patience and observation whilst being outside in the fresh air? What do you think?

Writing challenges
Write a poem that starts with the line One day, I would love to be a fossil.

Write a diary entry as if you are a cliff with crowds of people chipping away at your face or around your feet, searching for fossils.

Write a fact file about three or four of the most common fossils you can find in the UK.

Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download here.

What is The Week Junior?

The Week Junior magazine looks at current affairs and helps children make sense of the world, provides context and clarity to complex issues, improves general knowledge and encourages discussion and debate.

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