Friday, January 7, 2011

Field Trip Friday: The Museum of Natural History

This morning the kids and I went back to the Natural History Museum. This time before we left, I told them each to pick out one particular animal exhibit that they wanted to learn more about. Next week, each one of them is going to complete a poster board displaying the things they've learned about the animals they've chosen. Chloe is going to absolutely love this project, and it should be interesting, to say the least, to see what the boys come up with.

Before we even entered the museum Max confidently announced that he would be choosing T Rex. No big surprise there. I asked if he thought he might want to look around to see if there was something new that he'd like to learn more about, but he was adamant. Not wanting to dampen his enthusiasm, I just went with it.

Also not a surprise was Sam's choice, the mastodon. He is insisting it is an elephant. I correct him - it is a mastodon, the elephant's ancestor. Two minutes later, he's back to calling it an elephant. Oh well... I'm choosing my battles. But we'll be getting books out at the library on mastodons, not elephants, if I have anything to say about it.

Chloe also decided on the T Rex after she came across a much smaller version of it and learned it was "Jane," the museum's resident baby T Rex skeleton. She thought it was pretty cool to see a dinosaur baby, and I think it will be neat for her to teach Max what she learns next week.

It was a fun morning with the kids... tomorrow, off to the library to begin our research!

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