We had the Museum come to visit us at kinder this week. Sally the presenter started by asking the children what they thought the museum might collect?
‘Fossils and dinosaur bones’ said Asher
‘Bones dug up from the ground’ said Max
‘People have to put bones back together’ said Lucy
‘Things from a long time ago’ suggested Roan
We then went through the kinds of dinosaurs that existed on our earth 65 million years ago. We learnt a lot of facts about their habitat, diet and physical features. We learnt about which dinosaurs were meat eaters (carnivores) and which were plant eaters (herbivores), and hypothesized... ‘How did the dinosaurs become extinct? Asked Sally?
‘A Volcano erupted and exploded’ said Max
‘A big space rock hit Earth’ said Roan
We looked closely at Tarbosaurus another meat eater which was slightly smaller than Tyrannosaurus. Sally brought in a large head which showcased his large sharp teeth we also looked at his large leg bones which were much longer than ours. We discovered it took three children to be as long as his calf and thigh bones!
The fossils on the table were very interesting and the children were able to have a guess about what the objects were. Lucy had leaves which had set in mud; Tom was holding an ‘Annamite’ and we thought it looked a lot like a snail, Metecan had a dinosaur tooth and Sam held a knuckle. We were amazed that these objects still existed after all this time. Sally told us Palaeontologists study fossils found in the ground and their job is to put all the dinosaur bones back together like a big puzzle!
Sally then read a story about dinosaurs and we finished by doing the dinosaur stomp around the room...what a great presentation!
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Amy
Extended Hours Kindergarten Team