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"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." -Walter Streightiff

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dinosaur Dig August 15-19 2011

This week brought out the paleontologist in all of us!
We loved reading about Professor Potts who finds some big dinosaur bones and brings them back to his laboratory to reassemble, but the resulting skeletons never seem quite right. It's called Big Old Bones by Carol Carrick.
Dinosaur bones were brought back from our excavation sight and it was up to us to dig them out. We used special tools like picks and brushes. We had to be careful not to destroy the specimens.






At our sensory table was a dinosaur world- gravel, water, plants and all kinds of dinosaurs roaming around. There were meat eaters, plant eaters, land dinosaurs, flying dinosaurs and those that swam. Amazingly enough they spent the week together in harmony. Even Tyrannosaurus Rex behaved himself. 







Outside, we painted with dinosaurs. We dipped them in the paint and printed them on paper.






When we were done, we had a dino wash.




 We had a special kind of clay to make dinosaur fossils. We rolled the clay into balls, flattened with our hand, and pressed dinosaurs and dinosaur skeletons into the clay.



Using baking soda, vinegar and dish detergent, we made a hot, bubbling volcano. We piled up the sand around a bottle to make it look like a mountain. Next, we took turns adding the ingredients. We added dinosaurs around the mountain for effect. It was pretty cool when the volcano erupted. We did it over and over and over and over...



Some of us played dinosaur checkers. It's just like the traditional game only this was stegosaurus versus brontosaurus. 


We visited Dinosaur Ridge for our field trip because the Morrison Museum was closed for renovation. We spent time going under the great big dinosaurs, climbing on the rocks and digging in the dinosaur graveyard. 









We played a game called "Dinosaur, Dinosaur, Where's Your Bone?" We sat in a circle with one of us in middle. The middle player put a dinosaur bone behind his or her back and closed his or her eyes. On of us in the circle took the bone and we all placed our hands behind our backs.
Then we chanted:
"Dinosaur, dinosaur, where's your bone, somebody took it from your home, guess who?"
The middle player had to try to guess who took the bone. We took turns being in the middle.

Here's a fun song we sang to the tune of "I'm Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee":
I'm bringing home a baby dinosaur.
Won't my mom just fall down on the floor.
I'm bringing home a baby dinosaur.
Ouch! It smooshed me!


We read The Dinosaur Egg Mystery by M. Christine Butler. 


Then we painted some eggs. We'll leave them sit in the nest for awhile as we wonder what's inside...







We beebopped with the dinosaurs in Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields.

And, we couldn't leave out our favorite dinosaur book of all times- Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Stickland.






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