U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Millions of years ago in Alaska, large hadrosaur dinosaurs looked for fresh leaves while packs of lightly-built Troodons hunted for fresh meat. And all this past life was fresh in the minds of 30 kindergarten students today at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center.
With vivid imaginations these students from Tudor Elementary were able to act as young paleontologists and learn about the exciting world of dinosaurs. During the three-hour "Fossil Finders" program, students dressed up as dinosaurs to learn how they adapted to past environments, even in Alaska! Then they tromped outside in the snow as dino-detectives to investigate a simulated set of dinosaur tracks. Students used their observational skills to figure out how big or small certain dinosaurs were—and how they behaved—all from their tracks! In other parts of the program, students made various types of plant and animal fossils. The highlight of the program was a "mock dig" activity where students used brushes to delicately tease out the information surrounding a fossil and learn details of the dramatic past lives of dinosaurs.
"This trip helped increase my students' STEM skills and knowledge through hands-on exploration," says Joanne Christian, kindergarten teacher from Tudor Elementary. “My students are studying different types of soils, so they were able to transfer their prior knowledge to the dinosaur era.”
Another teacher was equally excited about the field trip to the Campbell Creek Science Center. "I wanted my students to know about this public land resource in their own back yard,” said Lisa Church. “This was an excellent hands-on, minds-on experience!"
— Jeff Brune