Did you know the word "fossil" means "Having been dug up" in Latin? It's true. It's also true that the oldest known fossils on earth are 3.4 billion years old. The fossils were found in Western Australia. It's a recent discovery, made in August of 2011, and it has people around the world quite excited.

Truth be told, it doesn't take much to get children excited about dinosaurs and fossils. Just holding a fossil in your hand or looking at a dinosaur makes your imagination go wild. Where did the fossil come from? How old is it? What kind of plants and animals existed during the fossil's time?

Bring Dinosaurs to Life in Your Classroom.

A classroom unit on fossils and dinosaurs is often a child's favorite unit. That makes teaching fun. It also offers an abundance of teaching opportunities. For example, you can embrace your classroom's love of dinosaurs to launch a creative writing prompt. Spelling can be challenged as well as children learn to spell dinosaur and fossil names.

From math worksheets with dinosaur themes to lesson plans on paleontology you can find whatever you need for your classroom at Teacher Planet. You can also find numerous dinosaur and fossil clip art resources, teaching resources and fun activities, like making your own fossil prints.