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As chance would have it, I am also a huge dinosaur buff, so I own a number of
real and faux dinosaur bones. The 4th grade was studying owl pellets and had
to figure out what bones came from what part of the body, and what animal.
Taking off on that idea, we talked about scientific illustration, which led to
"still-lifes" of the dinosaur bones which I brought in from home (that went
over only so-so) The students were more enthusiastic about the second part of
the problem, in which they had to decide where the bone came from: what
dinosaur and what body part? They then drew the imaginary dinosaur in it's
environment. We also looked at some paleoart by Doug Henderson, Bill Stout,
Wayne Barlowe, Charles R Knight, John Sibbick, and John Gurche (to name a few
of the greats).