Thursday, June 8, 2017

Summer Camp Planning - Paleozoic IV - Devonian

Please note, if you have arrived at this post out of chronological order, that this is part of my overall From Lava to Life summer camp planning.

At the bottom of the post I've updated with the actual lesson notes after teaching it... if you find my brainstorm-jumble frustrating, I hope this added information will help! Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

Already Owned:

Bought for Camp:


    read Devonian book from

    fossils from collection: coral, orthocera, crinoid

    fish collage aluminum foil Age of Fishes for museum art

    individual fish printing for calendar art

    The Devonian Period: The Age of Fish. The Devonian Period of the Paleozoic Era lasted from 417 million years ago to 354 million years ago. It is named for Devon, England where the old red sandstone of the Devonian was first studied.

    quilling those curly things - ammonites

    prep Friday morning:

    • set out Devonian Period book, fossils, Why Frogs are Wet
    • set out glue dots and organize each child's calendar artwork sequentially so it can be glued in today
    • set up large bin of water, plastic bag for Waseca Biomes demonstration of fish fins
    • review past fish printing notes from blog
    • set up fish printing station - large cafeteria tray, foam brushes, Stockmar primary blue paint, large men's dress shirt for smock (button up the back, roll up sleeves), collection of rubber fish, newsprint
    • set out yesterday's trilobite artwork, chalk pastels, clear hairspray


FRIDAY AM - color trilobites with chalk pastels, hang trilobites out on the clothesline and spray with clear hairspray, read Why Frogs are Wet (the 1968 version), glue dot finished arwork into calendars, work on Ordovician and Silurian posters and hang them up, pin centipede and spider onto curtain near Silurian poster, read Devonian Period book and look at fossils, fish printing (most popular choices were bass, flounder, and piranha), hang fish prints out on the clothesline to dry


Trilobites turned out awesome... better than I had even hoped!

I think reading the general Frogs book before the Devonian Period book worked well. It gives kids a better image of the process from fish to amphibian, and how amphibians are still so tied to the water. I see when linking to Amazon that the new version of this book has made some changes to the text, so I suggest getting the original.

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