“Florida’s Ancient Oceans” is a role-play that condenses four epochs of geologic time representing a span of 24 million years. Blue cloth “oceans” are moved on top of a canvas map base to outlines that represent the peninsula’s footprint at various points of geologic time. Players responding to climate cues use puppets of animals that inhabited Florida through time to demonstrate animals’ interaction with the habitat. When a habitat changes markedly, animals respond in one of three ways: they flee, they adapt, or they become extinct.
The Fossil Kits were comprised of dig boxes of fossils from the Miocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs. Students dug through the boxes to see what they could find. Check out our Facebook page for more photos.