As part of our final inquiry of the year into Extinction, Grades 1 and 2 paid a trip to the Osaka Natural History Museum together.
It was a long bus ride, but the Grade 1 students were so excited that they didn’t mind!
Lucky for us there was a special exhibit on evolution that highlighted many of the animals that evolved and went extinct over time. It was also lucky for us that many of those creatures did go extinct! Some were pretty scary!
Students literally had the chance to get a “hands on” with some of the fossils and watched a few short video clips about some of the amazing creatures featured in the special exhibit.
At lunch time we sat under the largest creature that has ever lived on the Earth…the blue whale! Then we entered the main building and learnt about the natural history of the Osaka area, and had a chance for more inquiry with different interactive games and displays.
Another highlight of the trip was getting the chance to see more fossils of some of the extinct creatures such as dinosaurs and mammoths. Being up close to the skeletons gave the students a real sense of just how big some of them were! I even heard students using some of what they had learnt about when commenting on the displays, “It’s a carnivore because it has sharp teeth!” What a rewarding end to a great unit and a fun year!