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Lesson Plans

Re: fossils

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Thu, 9 Oct 1997 23:06:57 -0400 (EDT)

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