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A Visit to the Geology Museum

A Visit to the Geology Museum
March 5, 2013 Mary Jo

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It was the answer to the question I had posed to her at the beginning of the week: “What do you want to learn about?”

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Sulfur, geodes, malachite…even behind glass they capture the attention of the Girl Who Collects Rocks Everywhere She Goes.

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The Boy?  He was only in it for the dinosaurs.  Where are the dinosaurs?  No.  Where are they?!? Forget the neat-o room with glow-in-the-dark minerals.  You said there were dinosaurs here, both of you!

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Fossils.  We’re getting closer, Boy.

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That is definitely like a dinosaur.

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That’s what I’m talking about.

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Me: Hey guys – look scared.  There’s a T Rex right behind you.  I’ll take your picture.

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Me: Perfect. You’d better run – he’s on your tail!

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To prepare for this excursion, I trolled the internets for age-appropriate book selections.  The resulting list is still providing us with reading materials. Find the list here, on my Amazon bookshelf.

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I also discovered the simple brilliance of sewing a ‘research notebook’ from salvaged kraft paper and a fabric-covered cardboard cover.  She’s used it to take notes while we are reading at home and also while at the exhibit.  That I can whip it out with scrap materials on hand in 5 minutes or less makes the subject-specific research notebook a handy device to inspire a scholarly approach to whatever we’re reading about.  Anyone who knows me well enough might also know of my weakness for blank books, a genetic signature which has made its way into The Girl’s inheritance.  Herein, Folks, lies one enormous advantage I personally have over any other school teacher with regards to This Very Specific Student.  I totally get how her brain works.  And you can bet that I will leverage that understanding at every possible juncture.

 

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