EDISON—On Tuesday, Dec. 15, second graders at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison hosted a dinosaur museum, impressing family and faculty members with intriguing facts, artwork and research. The second graders served as museum docents and took visitors on informative guided tours.
Exhibitions included dioramas about theories of extinction, drawn pictures of imaginary dinosaurs with descriptions of the imaginary creatures, as well as imprints/fossils. The students also worked as paleontologists to put the pieces of dinosaur bones in the proper order. They wrote about it and then chose colors for dinosaur skin to complete the project. Next, they studied the skeletons of birds and dinosaurs and created their own dinosaur skeletons.
The second graders also crafted life-size dinosaur bones and teeth out of paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls. Murals were created to depict the three periods during the Mesozoic Era: The Triassic Period, The Jurassic Period and The Cretaceous Period. The students made clay dinosaur models from all three periods too.
The museum featured a game, “Guess My Dinosaur or Prehistoric Animal.” Guests read a list of facts and tried to guess the mystery dinosaur or prehistoric animal. Active volcanoes were on display, as well as data and graphs from an extensive survey on the Lower School’s favorite dinosaurs.
The students also shared how dinosaurs could help us today if they were roaming the earth. Two time travel exhibitions were spotlighted: “Time Machine” and “Dino Bus.” Students stepped into a time machine to enter the Age of the Dinosaur or they would hop on the bus to take a field trip to the Mesozoic Era.
Some of the second graders serving as Dinosaur Museum docents were Riccardo Garces of North Brunswick, Aashraya Singiri of Edison, Destiny Ingram of Somerset, Sahil Mulji of Edison and Ariya Blow of South Plainfield. Photo by Rudy Brandl
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