Oh my goodness!!! My class and I just arrived from a field trip to the Mesozoic Period. Yes, the time of when dinosaurs roamed the land we call home!!! This has been an exciting five weeks learning at school!! I’ve been swamped these few weeks and haven’t been able to post our learning, so I’ll be posting the main events throughout the next week for you to enjoy. Have you ever taken your kids into the past with a time machine? We certainly used our time machine to help us on this adventure!!
We launched our learning with a field trip to the Alaska State Fair! Lucky for us . . . there was an exhibit that focused on Alaska dinosaurs with an artist, who works with paleontologists, as our tour guide. Since we just started our learning, the kids had their notebooks ready to fill with answers to their questions. Great little notetakers they were that day! They prepared and learned how to ask interview questions before our trip. Then were able to carefully write accurate responses as they began their second day of dinosaur research.
Part of our learning involved being a paleontologist. The kids had fun digging for dinosaurs, looking at “the real deal” fossils as well as some replicas. They were able to experience a “Day in the Life of a Paleontologist” on this trip and learn how a paleontologist would uncover fossils.
At another point on the trip, students were able to learn how the mechanical dinosaurs operate – like in the movies. Along with the dinosaur scenes, picture opportunities were available at each station.
This was an exciting way to begin our research about the prehistoric time period, focusing on the
Dinosaurs! With our initial learning opportunity behind us, we were ready to continue uncovering clues to answer the essential questions, which will lead us to uncover our driving question: What happened to the dinosaurs?