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Fossil Frenzy: A Trip to the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Fossil Frenzy: A Trip to the Harvard Museum of Natural History
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The RAUC 6th grade took a field trip to the Harvard Museum of Natural History on Friday February 7th. The purpose of the trip was to learn about fossils and what scientists can learn about the past by studying them. First the kids learned about geologic time, sedimentation, and fossil superposition in a hands on classroom environment. The study was focused on the geologic history of New England which made it much more connected to the lives of each student — the thought of walking in the same place as a wholly mammoth or saber toothed tiger is pretty cool.

After, the students embarked on a "fossil safari". Students visited three different galleries where they observed and sketched fossils. Taking their findings from the observations, students then created sketches to tell a story about the environment in which that organism had lived in. Students also visited the arthropod, mammal, and vertebrate exhibits. All of the RAUC 6th graders had a great day and an exciting experience at the museum.

Read an article in the Harvard Gazette about the field trip >>