THE MUSEUM- DINOSAUR FOSSILS
We had the Museum come to visit us at kinder this week. Matthew the presenter started by asking the children what they thought the museum might collect?
‘Short faced bear skeletons’ thought Charlie
‘Once I saw a whale in the Museum’ remembered Guy
‘The Sharks’ said Lachlan N
We also talked about things that we like to collect. Kayla shared that she likes to go to the special shop and collect crystals. Matthew told us Museums like to ‘collect things’ things too, and if you have been there you can see ‘dinosaur fossils’ that ‘palaeontologists’ have found underground.
We then went through the kinds of dinosaurs that existed on our earth 65 million years ago. We learnt a lot of facts about dinosaurs through a visual story and talked about which dinosaurs were meat eaters (carnivores) and which were plant eaters (herbivores), and hypothesized what we thought they might have looked like.
We looked closely at Tsintaosaurus Spinorhinus another meat eater which was slightly smaller than Tyrannosaurus. Matthew brought in a large skeleton 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 five 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; James was holding an ‘Annamite’ and we thought it looked a lot like a snail, Metecan had a dinosaur tooth and Isabella held a knuckle. We were amazed that these objects still existed after all this time. Matthew 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!
What a great presentation!
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Team