Fourth grade has spent a majority of the year working on geology in science lab. (Their classroom teachers have worked on the electricity and magnetism units.) After learning about tectonic plates, rock types, mountain building, earthquakes, volcanoes, and all things Earth, students went on three "archaeological digs."
The next week, I took students to the playground sandbox, where I had hidden all 30 pieces of the GeoSafari T-Rex Classroom Dinosaur Dig Kit underneath the carefully caution-tape gridded site. This time students used small shovels and paint brushes to uncover their findings. While waiting for a chance to dig, students took pictures with our digital cameras and recorded happenings or participated in interviews taped by fellow students with our camcorder.
Porricy Park, where they got to keep actual fossils they found in a stream bed.
www.eskeletons.org to compare the human body to T-Rex, meeting content standards. Students couldn't wait to go home and play the dino dig games on my school website:
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