Junior paleontologists complete program at Eastern school

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Submitted photo JUNIOR PALEONTOLOGISTS: P. David Polly (back) poses with some proud Eastern Greene Elementary School second graders -- (from left) Joey Henderson, Jason Childress, Victorya Valentine and Andy Drummond. The foursome and their classmates recently received their Junior Paleontologist badges.

Some Eastern Greene students are now junior paleontologists after completing a Junior Ranger program.

In cooperation with the National Park Service at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, Park Ranger Carla Beasley and Eastern Greene Elementary School Librarian Susan Dare, 88 second graders at Eastern Greene have become Junior Ranger Paleontologists.

But it took a little work.

Over several weeks the second graders read dinosaur books and completed the National Park Service Junior Ranger Paleontologist activity booklet. The students also designed posters placing various dinosaurs in their environment and viewed several videos about dinosaurs, Dare said in a press release.

To wrap up the program, P. David Polly from Indiana University Bloomington, visited the EG second graders, she said.

During his visit, Polly shared a PowerPoint presentation on dinosaurs, discussed how to become a paleontologist and brought artifacts for the students to see and touch, Dare noted.

Following the program each student received a certificate signed by Park Ranger Carla Beasley and a Junior Ranger Paleontologist badge.

"They were really excited about it. The kids loved it," Dare said in an interview.

Dare also wrote a curriculum to be used along with the Junior Ranger program.

In February, EG fourth graders will learn about Abraham Lincoln through another Junior Ranger program, Dare noted.

To learn more about the National Park Service's Junior Ranger programs check out www.nps.gov/learn/juniorranger.htm

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  • This is so cool. We need more learning ideas like this one in our schools to help foster kids interest in education.

    -- Posted by keninman on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 6:54 PM
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