Today was our first day of “Bizarre Prehistoric Beasts” summer camp for kids who are entering 5th and 6th grade. We spent the day learning about weird creatures that lived in the Paleozoic.
We started the morning by investigating a mock dig site in our classroom…
Next, we reviewed the Geologic Time Scale to learn how many million years ago all these bizarre creatures thrived.
We then briefly visited the Dinosaur Gallery to see the full-size dinosaur from our mock dig site.
We finished the day by learning about the largest extinction event in the history of the Earth–the Permo-Triassic extinction! Since volcanoes played a major role in this extinction, we learned about how volcanoes work and built some of our own!
Today was a lot of fun! We learned all about mass extinctions, weird creatures of the Paleozoic Era, and how to map a dig site! Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings… 🙂