Sunday, May 29, 2011
We are having a lot of fun with our dinosaur theme for our South Dakota state study. So far, we have made dinosaur teeth and dinosaur fossils. We also used a Smithsonian kit to excavate a T- Rex skeleton. The kit came with a sand brick that had a T-Rex skeleton replica in it for excavating with a mallet and dowel. The kit also came with goggles, but according to the directions, the goggles were for play, not for protection (?????). My kids still insisted on wearing the goggles.
R worked on the kit for about fifteen minutes and left the rest for C to finish. I think R was a little frustrated that she didn't find any of the bones, but even after C started to find them, R never had any interest in going back to the excavating. C, on the other hand, worked on this for hours! He has since decided that he wants to be a paleontologist.
After the excavation was complete, C assembled the plastic dinosaur. I have to admit that I expected better quality. The dinosaur doesn't really stay together and it barely stands up. C was pretty happy with it though. As a matter of fact, he said that this kit is one of his favorite activities of all time; he really enjoyed the process.
We followed this with the book The Field Mouse and the Dinosaur Named Sue by Jan Wahl.
A tiny field mouse lives in a burrow beneath an old bone in South Dakota until his life is turned upside down by fossil hunters. The mouse ends up in a box that is taken to the Field Museum in Chicago where he finds the dinosaur named Sue. We all enjoyed the book.
Thank you to Almost Unschoolers for recommending this book, and hop over to Adventures in Mommydom for Science Sunday!