Second Graders Travel Back To Prehistoric Era

EDISON — On Dec. 14, the Wardlaw-Hartridge School community was treated to an eye-opening exhibit on dinosaurs during the second grade’s annual dinosaur museum exhibition.

The students, who served as docent guides, were dressed in paleontologist vests, which they designed out of paper bags with crayon dinosaur embellishments. They learned the numerous theories on extinction of dinosaurs and discussed the validity of each theory. As a culminating activity, the chose their favorite theories and created murals for each one.


Guests could also determine the students’ favorite dinosaur – Troodon, Diplodocus, Centrosaurus, or Plateosaurus -by a graph they created using their art and mathematics skills. They also crafted their own imprints, pieced dinosaur bones in their proper order and guessed the color of the dinosaur skin to complete the project.

The second graders also crafted volcanoes, clay dinosaurs, flying pteranodon mobiles, dinosaur bones and teeth, and dioramas from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Periods. They also reported on their field trip to the Morris Museum, which focused on dinosaurs, and they displayed a Busasaurus, where guests could take pictures of their paleontologists.

In one part of the exhibit, students responded to a book they read, “If the Dinosaurs Came Back” by Bernard Most. One student, Sara Reiss ’21, said: “If the dinosaurs came back, we could play together at the beach. He could clean up all the garbage and other trash in the world for his lunch.”

Another student, Olivia Brown ’21, said: “They could come to school with us every day of the week because that’s how they learn.

Pictured above, Sara Reiss of Fords shows a volcano exhibit to her parents, William Reiss and Bonnie Farrell, as classmate Emma Jacobson of Metuchen, far right, looks on. Photo by Michelle Daino/Wardlaw-Hartridge School

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