Activity or Mini-Lesson

Create Your Own Marine Fossil

Create Your Own Fossil Examples
Ocean Exploration Trust

Students will build a connection between the ocean and the land in this build-your-own fossil activity. By engaging with fossils, students will build an understanding of the ocean and marine life through geology and paleontology. This activity also aims to incorporate art as a hands-on and creative means to immerse students in complex scientific concepts.

Objectives & learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Learn how the ocean is connected to the land.
  • Understand the different types of fossils by creating ones of their own.
  • Learn the geologic processes that bring evidence of marine life from the bottom of the ocean to rocks on land.
  • Reconstruct past marine environments by studying fossil records and comparing them to the modern day.
  • Guide inquiry and engagement through arts and crafts to develop a tangible understanding of marine and geologic science.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Grade level

Grade level

Time & materials

Time & materials
Scale: two of three
Prep time involves some setup of materials & low-cost supplies.