I teach at an elementary school on Oahu, Hawaii. Origins of the school can be traced back to the sugar plantation days in the late 1800s. It is one of the oldest schools in our district and a very large school. We service over 1,000 students.
My school is a Title I school, meaning that over half of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
The various ethnic backgrounds of our students contribute to the rich diversity on campus. One-third of my classroom is composed of English language learners.
We are currently learning about how fossils are made, what they tell us about the past, and what paleontologists do. This culminating experience will be the highlight of our learning! Students will exhibit perseverance, responsibility, initiative, and collaboration as they excavate their own mini dig sites. These kits contain several real fossils and mini dinosaur models that they will assemble. Each student will get a keepsake from their excavation. Through this activity, they will practice using tools that paleontologists use and recording information about their dig site. This is an experience my students will remember for many years to come!
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