Science Grade 2 Vocab review - Fossils

1/30/2019 12:00:00 AM
10 questions extracted from Mobymax (Science, Grade 2), to help you review some basic vocabulary about fossils. To learn more about this topic, get a Mobymax learning account (by going to

A fossil is ______.

  • a memory of a plant or animal that lived long ago
  • the remains or imprint left by a plant or animal that died long ago
  • a picture of an animal or plant that used to be alive
  • a plain rock from a long time ago

A paleontologist is someone who __________.

  • likes dinosaurs
  • studies history
  • studies fossils
  • studies the Earth

An extinct animal is __________.

  • an animal that was a dinosaur
  • an animal that no longer lives on Earth
  • an animal that is still alive
  • an animal that lives underwater

This chart shows how fossils form. Which step is missing?

  • soft parts of animal turn to stone
  • animal is covered by dirt or mud
  • bones are washed away
  • bones are eaten by other animals
Which of these is NOT a fossil?
  • footprints left by an animal from long ago
  • the remains of a dinosaur
  • the print of a plant that is now extinct
  • a picture of an animal that lived long ago

What is a dinosaur?

  • a kind of animal that lives in nature today
  • a kind of animal that lives only in a zoo today
  • one kind of animal that lived 50 years ago
  • one kind of animal that lived millions of years ago
Which of these clues would best tell you that a dinosaur was good at running?
  • Its fossils have horns and spikes.
  • Its fossils have wings.
  • Its fossils have long and strong legs.
  • Its fossils have short and flat teeth.

Fossils from a dinosaur show that it had a very long neck. What does this tell you about the dinosaur?

  • It probably ate other dinosaurs.
  • It probably was able to fly.
  • It probably ate food that was high off the ground.
  • It probably needed to defend itself from other dinosaurs.
Which of these would a paleontologist study? Check all that are true.
You find a fossil of a fish in your neighborhood. Which pictures show what the area may have looked like when the fish lived there? Check all that are true.