Little archaeologists build dino at Ferndale

Students at Ferndale Elementary fit together a dinosaur. <i>Photo contributed by Umatilla-Morrow Education Service District</i>

Local archaeologists accomplished quite a feat last month - they put together the bones of three dinosaurs found at Ferndale Elementary School in Milton-Freewater.

These archaeologists are second-graders in Judy Houchin's classroom at Ferndale. While learning about Earth long ago, they had the opportunity to assemble three large wooden dinosaurs, working to fit each bone section together like a puzzle. Last week, the students showed off a tyrannosaurus rex, stegosaurus and triceratops.

The wooden dinosaur "bones" were built by Roy McBride, husband of Milton-Freewater Superintendent Marilyn McBride. The 22 students had to use their newfound knowledge of fossils and dinosaurs to put their prehistoric puzzles together as a team. The challenge took the students two and a half hours a day for three days.

Houchin said the activity is two-fold.

"It is a hands-on activity that shows how hard it is to put dinosaur fossils back together, and the dinosaurs are very large and the students can feel the size," Houchin said. "It is a great and very fun learning activity that I look forward to every year."

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