All DIG box and sediment requests are suspended while stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines are in place. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.
Teachers who participate in the DIG Field School can borrow the DIG Box, which includes lesson plans and activities, real and replica fossils, and more.
Teachers’ experiences working in the field with UW paleontologists directly translates in the classroom through the DIG Box curriculum, which DIG scientists developed in collaboration with the Burke Museum education staff and teachers. The DIG Box is modeled after the Burke’s successful Burke Box program.
The DIG Box contains 10 classroom activities designed to familiarize students with geology and paleontology while teaching them about what researchers actually do in the field and lab. These activities can be adjusted for grades K-12.
Or, download all the DIG Box lessons as PDFs:
- Lesson 1 – Rocks and Minerals
- Lesson 2 – Rock Types
- Lesson 3 – Age of the Earth
- Lesson 4 – Fossilization
- Lesson 5 – Where to Look for Fossils
- Lesson 5 – Maps
- Lesson 6 – Sorting Microfossils
- Lesson 7 – Determining Diet (Teeth)
- Lesson 8 – Dinosaur-Tracks-Final
- Lesson 9 – Intro
- Lesson 9A – Extinction Handout
- Lesson 9B – Extinction Cards
- Lesson 10 – Intro
- Lesson 10A – Coprolites Questions
- Lesson 10A – Coprolite Answers
- Lesson 10B – Tracks Answers
- Lesson 10C – Plants of the Hell Creek Formation (Questions)
- Lesson 10C – Plants Answers