WACO MAMMOTH SITE

Education & Resources

Education is one of the primary goals of the Waco Mammoth Site.  The site is a great place for students to discover the worlds of geology, paleontology and archeology.  We welcome field trips and school tours (Tues. - Fri.), and we offer a variety of educational programs for all ages. 

For Teachers

The Waco Mammoth site has designed these free activities especially for educators. These resources are aligned with Texas educational standards and combine multiple subject areas. Choose from worksheets, craft projects, and complete lesson plans to bring the Ice Age to your classroom. 

Primary School Resources

Make-a-Fossil (interdisciplinary lesson plan)
S is for Science, Part 1 (alphabet exercise with a scientific theme, A-M)
S is for Science, Part 2 (alphabet exercise with a scientific theme, N-Z)
I am not a Dinosaur (coloring activity about mammoths and dinos)
Mammoth Trumpet (fun craft activity)
Ice Age Shadow Match (shape-matching worksheet)
Waco Mammoth at Lover's Leap (color-by-numbers activity)
Paleo Pronouns (grammar practice worksheet)
Alphabetizing Big Critters (alphabetization practice worksheet)
Ice Age Fractions (introduction to fractions worksheet)
Ice Age Syllables (syllable practice activity)
Mammoth Word Search (fun activity)
Mammoth Crossword (fun, simple crossword) 
Mammoth Writing Paper (decorated, lined paper)

Elementary School Resources

Make-a-Fossil (interdisciplinary lesson plan)
Ice Age Elections Lesson Plan (enrichment activity for pull-out classes)
Tabletop Timescale (constructible visual aid)
Waco Mammoth Site Journal (foldable travel log to use during field trip)
I am not a Dinosaur (coloring activity about mammoths and dinos)
What is a Mammoth? (grade 2-3 reading comprehension and coloring activity)
Columbian Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age (grade 4-5 reading comprehension activity)
Comparing Cousins (grade 4-6 reading, best used with Mammoths and Mastodons)
The First Americans (grade 4-5 reading comprehension and word puzzle)
Mammoth Fun (fun worksheet activity)
Waco Mammoth Site Crossword (fun activity, best used after visit)
Large Mammoth Word Search (full page, fun activity)
Decoding Names (root-word activity)
Pleistocene Food Scene (food chain worksheet)
Measuring Mammoths (perimeter and area worksheet)
Mammoths and Mastodons (introduction to Venn diagrams)
Ice Age Texas (Texas geography worksheet)
The Traveling Mammoth (angle measuring worksheet)
Fossil Coordinates (introduction to grid coordinates)
Mammoth Writing Paper (decorated, lined paper)

Middle School Resources

Taphonomy Lab Lesson Plan (comprehensive, four-week STEM experiment)
Tabletop Timescale (constructible visual aid)
Waco Mammoth Site Journal (foldable travel log to use during field trip)
Comparing Cousins (grade 4-6 reading, best used with Mammoths and Mastodons)
Mammoths and Mastodons (introduction to Venn diagrams)
Charting Chompers (Venn diagram exercise)
Decoding Names (root-word activity)
Meals for Mammoths (introduction to factor label equations)

High School Resources

Taphonomy Lab Lesson Plan (comprehensive, four-week STEM experiment)
Tabletop Timescale (constructible visual aid)
Waco Mammoth Site Field Notes (foldable travel log to use during field trip)
Charting Chompers (Venn diagram exercise)
Meals for Mammoths (introduction to factor label equations)

Education Standards Alignment for School Programs

TEKS standards for Basic School Tour
TEKS standards for Mighty Molars add-on program
TEKS standards for Mobile Dig add-on program
TEKS standards for Fossil Fun add-on program
TEKS standards for Big Dig Class program

Other Classroom Resources

Discovery Boxes from Baylor University's Mayborn Museum
Mammoth-in-a-Trunk kits from The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota
Paleontology Activities from Bryce Canyon National Park
Natural History Activities from Texas Parks and Wildlife
Fossil Classroom Resources from the Children's Museum Indianapolis
Geology and Paleontology Activities from the Texas Memorial Museum
Ice Age and Paleontology Activities from the Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County
Mammoths and Mastodons from the Field Museum
Who's the Scientist? experiment to conduct before and after visiting the Waco Mammoth Site