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Year 3 Students Learn from the Experts

01 December 2014

Linked to their learning about dinosaurs and their themed Dinosaur Day last week, Year 3 had the chance to talk directly to a palaeontologist technician, extending their learning and seeing the real world application of what they have learnt in class. This class was set up by Michelle Gill, who tells us about what they learnt.

  • Year 3 Skype Lesson with palaeontologist technician Ian Morrison from the Royal Ontario Museum

We were really pleased to be able to set up a Skype lesson with palaeontologist technician Ian Morrison who is based in Ontario, Canada. It was a great follow up to Dinosaur Day and it was very exciting for the children to palaeontology in action.

Ian Morrison has discovered many amazing dinosaur fossils and a dinosaur, the Gryphoceratops Morrisoni, is even named after him after he figured out how fossil fragments from the dinosaur's jaw fitted together.

Ian Skyped the class from his laboratory at the Royal Ontario Museum and showed them several fossils including a Parasaurolophus and a Tricertatops skull.

The children were also given a demonstration of how fossils are cleaned and the equipment Ian uses. The children were excited and engaged during the whole session and asked Ian excellent questions. Ian inspired the children, many of them declaring that they now want to become palaeontologists!

- Michelle Gill, Year 3 Class Teacher