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IDNR Illinois' Fossils Loan Box

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Illinois' Fossils Loan Box contains artifacts to explore the state's prehistoric natural history.

Suggested Grades  3– 8
IDNR Resource Trunk F29
Weight  28 lbs.
Dimensions 26" L x 16" W x 14" H

Standards Explored

3-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
4-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
4-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
5-ESS2-1 Earth’s Systems
MS-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity



Contents checklist
Contents checklist key
Correlation to Learning Standards
GeoActivity Correlations to Learning Standards
GeoActivity: Geologic Time
GeoActivity: Pangea Revisited
GeoActivity: Stories from Rocks
GeoActivity: Supplement to “Build Illinois”
Geobit 5: Illinois’ State Fossil, Tullimonstrum gregarium
Geobit 6: The Trilobite - An Early Inhabitant of Illinois
IDNR Division of Education promo sheet
IDNR lending trunks promo sheets
Illinois Fossils activity book
Online resources page

Small Container

Cephalopod ammonite
Eyewitness Prehistoric Life DVD
Geological Road Map of Illinois map
Golden Guide to Fossils book
Guide for Beginning Fossil Hunters book
Illinois’ Natural Resources trading cards sets 3 and 4
National Audubon Society: Field Guide to Fossils book
Shark tooth
T-Rex tooth

Large Container
Eyewitness Fossil book
Eyewitness Prehistoric Life book
Fossil hunt kit
  6 large numbered fossils
  Geological time scale sheet
  Kit instructions
  Magnifying lens
  Small fossils in gravel mixture
General Fossil Collection Kit
  15 large numbered fossils
  Fossil identification guide
  Geological time scale sheet
Natural Study Aides Casting Molds
  6 molds
  Instruction sheet


Fossils of Illinois
Illinois' Fossils
Illinois' Natural Resources Trading Cards Set of 3

Note: all activity books and worksheets should be copied before use or downloaded at