Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cast Off Treasures

 My Saturday newspaper connects me with estate sales around town. I love them. 
This week I found very unique objects. 
Cultural objects were overflowing at these sales, but I did not need more of those.
I was looking for something I had never seen before and I found them!
Here is what I did bring back to the school!

I found a tiny anvil and metal headed hammer for $5 each. It makes a lovely tinging sound when hit!

I added objects like our horseshoes and flat metal objects to tap and pretend to be a blacksmith!

Then I put the blacksmith work in a farm fence box to corral it.

I also bought this taped together box for $8.  I saw a tiny colander that intrigued me. 

I think many of the contents will be usable.

Immediately I had this toothpick exercise from the box contents.

My goal was to get this tiny stainless steel colander set that I added toothpick sized 
plastic vegetables to for a  miniature washing exercise. I love it!

Lastly, a $2 basket will hold a $5 large sponge for a "Who Am I?" game.
"I am an animal without a face!  Who Am I?"

I always think of and thank the unknown family that these objects came from.
They are treasures to my school and will have a happy new life!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Fossil Unit

Yes, I collect everything!
Here is my collection of fossils.

The first two images are of real brachiopods from the Paleozoic Era 500 million years ago.
They are bivalve creatures that lived under the ocean and include clams.

The two while cards are cepholopods mollusks.

The next three images are of my favorite of all fossils
 - the trilobite. They are very handsome crab like creatures that lived 500 million years ago. I tell the children they are handling creatures older than the dinosaurs!

These are amongst the oldest arthropods. They were abundant during the Paleozoic era, but died out at the end of it. They are easy identified with their three part bodies.

Now for the fossil coral.  I lived near Coralville, Iowa
where these fossils were everywhere just laying around 
near stream beds and in gravel since Iowa was the bottom of an ancient ocean.

Now for the plant fossils.

Crinoids lived at the bottom of the ocean and are common fossils.

The fern fossils I must have bought at a rock and mineral show.

How could you start a fossil collection?  Well, they have gotten a little expensive now, but never miss those traveling rock and mineral shows that come to town. I paid almost nothing for mine because I am such a scavenger.

This ancient history unit goes:
My rock collection (posted here)
This fossil unit
and then volcanoes. 
Dinosaurs would go next.