Thursday, June 8, 2017

Summer Camp Planning - Mesozoic III - Cretaceous

Please note, if you have arrived at this post out of chronological order, that this is part of my overall From Lava to Life summer camp planning.

At the bottom of the post I've updated with the actual lesson notes after teaching it... if you find my brainstorm-jumble frustrating, I hope this added information will help! Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

Already Owned:

    window next box

    window bird feeder

Bought for Camp:


    read Cretaceous book from

    fossils from collection: gastropod, brachiopod, pelecypod, turritella

    here we are with flowering plants at last - angiosperms

    printmaking with water soluble pastels

    seed collage artwork - like the CD case idea

    beautiful collection of seed pods

    seed matching - seed with final plant?

    graph of how many flowering plants there are now -- Becca turned this circle graph into a bar graph and it was very effective

    silk flowers used in some kind of display? it would be nice if this museum used up odds and ends of craft supplies!

    inland seas - look at where Illinois was

    T. Rex

    ancestors of magnolia - we have a magnolia in the back yard and can maybe do something with that? and the maple -- we could plant mine (oh, so that's why I have been delaying planting it all this time...)

    many new insects - butterflies, ants, termites, bees
    this is the place for my awesome collection of butterfly rubber stamps, pigment pads

    placental mammals - have a doula come with a placenta???

    THE KT EVENT - this would be fun to do in a graphic novel / comic book form

    70% of the ocean species and 15% of the land species became extinct

    Modern birds, descendents of the dinosaurs, are all that remain of the giant animals that had ruled the planet for so many millions of years.

    How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds

    This 100-Million-Year-Old Insect Trapped in Amber Defines New Order
    article - January 31, 2017
    100 mya

    krill swarm -- so fun! Krill Swarm Art Project - my blog post from when Natalie studied Antarctica
    The evolutionary history of krill inferred from nuclear large subunit rDNA sequence analysis
    article - 2001

    baby bird! Baby Bird from Time of Dinosaurs Found Fossilized in Amber
    headline from TODAY - WOW - incredible!
    this will make the kids so excited about my amber when we get to that point

    prep Tuesday night:

    • set out Cretaceous book and fossils, circle graph of groups of plants, dinosaur/birds article, insect/amber article, baby bird/amber article
    • buy assortment of dried beans from the grocery store: pinto beans, great Northern beans, navy beans, small red beans, cranberry beans, brown lentils, blackeye peas, black beans, garbanzo beans, red lentils, baby lima beans, green split peas, light red kidney beans, mayocoba beans
    • set out supplies for seed collages
    • set out graph paper for bar graph of groups of plants and Becca's botany MLB
    • set out butterfly rubber stamps and collection of pigment pads
    • set out supplies for giant krill swarm artwork - large sheet of paper, orange paint, small paint brushes, baby wipes, black ultra fine Sharpie



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