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Figuring out fossils
Walker, Sally M.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Lerner Publications, [2013]
Physical Description:
40 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
This book describes the process through which fossils are created, and what we can learn from them.
What is a fossil? -- How do fossils form? -- Do bones really turn into stone? -- Finding fossils -- Why do we study fossils?
Reading Level:
600 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 0.5 155657.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.4 3 Quiz: 60614.

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QE714.5 .W3449 2013 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Fossils give us a window to the past. Water, sediments, and pressure work together over time to preserve the shape of things that lived long ago. Studying these ancient plants and animals tells us more about our own existence. Have you ever searched for fossils? Unearth some in this book.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-These traditional presentations cover the rudiments of earth science with mixed results. In an effort to keep things introductory, theories are sometimes stated as facts and important terms and details lack emphasis and clear explanations. With its relatively simple topic, Soil is the strongest title, while Crust is the most confusing because it attempts to explain too much too quickly. Photos and diagrams with descriptive captions are included, sometimes only adding confusion. Other topics beg for further visual clarification. Fossils, Crust, and Minerals touch upon scientists' roles. Half-hearted suggestions for hands-on activities show up in Rocks and Soil. Most titles end with an explanation of the topic's relevance or how readers can become involved in protecting or studying them. Teaching resources are available from the publisher's website. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What is a Fossil?p. 4
Chapter 2 How do Fossils Form?p. 10
Chapter 3 Do Bones Really Turn into Stone?p. 20
Chapter 4 Finding Fossilsp. 26
Chapter 5 Why do we study Fossils?p. 32
Glossaryp. 38
Learn More about Fossilsp. 39
Indexp. 40