Bizarre Prehistoric Beasts – Day 1

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…

Sketching the fossil locality

What is the area of our dig site?

Measuring the length of the skull

What's the distance from the nose to the eye?

Recording important data

Next, we reviewed the Geologic Time Scale to learn how many million years ago all these bizarre creatures thrived.

How long ago was the Ordovician?

When were trilobites alive?

We then briefly visited the Dinosaur Gallery to see the full-size dinosaur from our mock dig site.

Camarasaurus!

Why do sauropods have long necks?

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!

Crafting a volcano

What shape is a volcano?

Preparing the magma for eruption...

The ash cloud is expanding...

On the verge of a major eruption!

Starting to erupt

3...2...1...

The lava is flowing down the sides of the volcano!

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… 🙂