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A Dinosaur Dig at Unqua

t Buckets of sand, filled with pieces of pasta in different sizes and shapes, were part of a lesson on fossils for third-grade students at Unqua Elementary School. 

Students took part in an excavation as part of a science enrichment activity led by Magnet and STEAM teacher Lorie Moran. Each student received a picture of one of six dinosaurs, and he or she had to sift through the sand to find pieces of pasta that they believed would best create a replica of its skeleton. 

The excavation was the culminating activity in a weeks-long science unit. Third-graders learned how fossils were formed, studied different types of fossils, and examined and classified actual dinosaur relics.