Virtual Field Trips

Elephants in Your Backyard: Making Teeth Talk

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Reserve your virtual field trip today!


Grades 4–8
For specific class information contact Annie Mumgaard

Program Duration

45 minutes
Kit included


In Nebraska (Schools, Libraries, Educational non-profit): $100
Outside of Nebraska: $125
CILC Member: $125
CILC Premier Member: $100

Virtual Field Trip Details

Uncover a mystery – paleontology style! Working together we’ll dig deep into the tale told by fossil teeth and discover clues to Nebraska's ancient climate and habitats that were known to our very own elephants - Gomphotheres, Stegomastodons, Mastodons and Mammoths! Using the tools of a paleontologist, students will uncover and identify fossils, make predictions and put all the information together to find answers!

Prior to the Virtual Field Trip, each classroom will experience a fossil dig with a tabletop dig site. Students will identify several fossils found in their dig, consider climate & habitat indicators and make predictions about a mystery fossil they find. We will uncover the mystery together during our Virtual Field Trip!

Materials for the tabletop dig and Instructions, including a variety of fossils, Identification Guide, dig boxes, strainers, hand lenses, Dig Site Report Sheet and an Animal Guide. You will need to provide sand for the dig.

Return mail cost averages $25.00.

“The kids loved doing the actual "dig". It really made them slow down and have patience. It also made it more real for them.” 

“Very important. It helped students organize and formulate concrete thoughts about fossils, mammals, weather, and habitats.” 

“The box was extremely important! The kids loved the dig. Getting to touch and find fossils first hand made the kids intrigued and interested.” 

“The pace was nice and relaxed and gave all of the students time to think and respond. The thought process for developing a scientific theory about the fossils was well done.” 

“The information was well thought out, organized and built upon itself as the students answered questions.” 

“Teachers were impressed with how much information was shared in such a short time and the organization flowed very well.”