Third graders from McKenna recently had the opportunity to become archaeologists for the day by exploring the wonderful history of fossils and dinosaurs. In cooperative research teams, they studied real life fossils to determine where they originated from. They classified them into the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic time periods. Independently, they created their own trace, cast, mold, and true form fossils after researching the similarities and differences between the various impressions. As paleontologists, they studied the bone structure of six different dinosaurs and each created a "Pasta-saurus" using different types of pasta! As a culminating activity, students collected and analyzed observational data of an ancient environment for one dinosaur. They recreated the location and time-period their dinosaur lived in by designing a diorama. In a final showcase, the students presented their dioramas to each other in the school's science lab where they were able to use their presentation skills to share facts about what they learned with their peers. A special thank you to Ms. Dizdar, Mrs. Donnelly, and Mrs. Salony for their continuous support and dedication to this unit!