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Re: FWD>RE>fossils

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Michelle Vidro (ggoose)
Fri, 7 Nov 1997 08:15:48 -0700

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BRAVO!!! Sounds like a great art experience!
I must admit, this is the funniest post i've ever read here!
Thanks for sharing!

> I tried out the chicken bone bit--I didn't buy the book of course, just
>took off from this post. Well--let me recommend that you only boil a
>chicken for 1 hour--not 2 or so as I did. When I cleaned off the bones
>I couldn't believe how many there were. I didn't have any bleach, which
>I suspect might be the next step--there was still some flesh on the bones
>especially the backbone so I thought I'd try to bake them away. I baked
>them for 2 hours and they were so extremely fragile I could hardly handle
>them without breakage. I got out the trusty glue gun which is the only
>way I could conceive of doing this and glued the thing to death--just an
>expression you understand--this thing was way beyond death. My dinosaur
>is more of an entertainer. Since I didn't have a head, I got one of my
>scavenger children's skulls--not their personal ones-the ones they have
>been trained to bring in to mom--I believe it was a gopher. Anyway, it
>was great. I took it to our state art ed conference and it was a hit.
>the problem is that it never quite got rid of the backbone flesh and it
>smells--not really awful but enough to draw my cat who had it down on
>the floor chewing it as fast as she could. It now lacks a tail, but still
>looks pretty good. I think this would be a great idea for an art club--
>order a barbequed whole chicken and have everyone save the bones as they
>eat--then glue them up. It was fun.Sid--
># Sidnie Miller #
># Elko Junior High School #
># 777 Country Club Drive #
># Elko, NV 89801 #
># 702-738-7236 #
>On 24 Oct 1997, Susan Seaman wrote:
>> Mail*Link(r) SMTP FWD>RE>fossils
>> here is the book from the website if anyone is interested in
>> it out. let us know how it worked...
>> Make Your Own Dinosaur Out of Chicken Bones
>> : Foolproof Instructions for Budding
>> Paleontologists
>> by Chris McGowan, Christopher McGowan
>> List: $13.00
>> Our Price: $10.40
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>> Paperback, 176 pages
>> Published by HarperCollins
>> (paper)
>> Publication date: May 1, 1997
>> Dimensions (in inches): 9.19 x
>> 7.39 x .45
>> ISBN: 0060952261
>> --------------------------------------
>> Date: 10/10/97 12:27 AM
>> From: Pygment
>> Okay, here's a bizarre idea....and I do mean BIZARRE! I recently took my
>> third grade classes to the Albright Knox Art Museum in Buffalo, NY, and as
>> usual, we ended by trying to control the kids in the gift shop. One of our
>> parent chaperones found a book that she bought, and shared it with me before
>> checkout....Making Dinosaur Skeletons from Chicken Bones! That is not the
>> exact title, but it's the premise of the book. You boil and dry the bones,
>> then construct dinosaurs from even came with "plans" for different
>> dinosaurs. To do so, however, would mean asking your local butcher for some
>> chicken heads as well......
>> I also saw a tv profile on another teacher several years ago, who
>> "staged" an archaelogical dig for students. He took them on a campout to an
>> area where former students and he had buried bones and other "goodies" a few
>> days before. The kids worked the areas which were roped off and tagged, and
>> "discovered" their buried treasures, using traditional methods and tools.
>> Pretty clever, actually... and I don't see why one couldn't use a large sand
>> box for a scaled down experience.
>> Deb Meier-Sprague
>> Jackson School
>> Batavia, NY

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