With this in mind, Lower School teachers and students have embarked on an Intraterm journey that will play out over the next four years and take them from pre-history to the present. Part one took place this year and focused on the period between the first signs of life and the extinction of the dinosaurs.
“We realized that Colorado’s history isn't really covered in lower school,” says teacher Kelly Enright, who was a driving force in developing this year’s Lower School Intraterm curriculum.
“In the spirit of creating true project-based learning, we started with a driving question, which was, ‘How did Colorado's ecosystem change from early life to the extinction of the dinosaurs?’
Over five days, students working in cross-age groups, dug into dinosaurs, learning all they could about where and how these prehistoric creatures lived, which it turns out is much much closer than many knew. Here’s what it looked like.
The week kicked off with a visit from Billy with the Fossil Posse. Students had the opportunity to see and touch real fossils, but also learned of recent discoveries in Eagle County that include what may be some of the largest ever documented dinosaur footprints.
Back in the classrooms, this letter from the esteemed Dr. Brian T. Sauros set the stage for the week ahead.
Each group was responsible for choosing a dinosaur, researching it, building a theme park exhibit with everything their dinosaur would need to survive.
Classrooms were filled with the buzz of cross-age activity and everyday materials like cardboard, string, and popsicle sticks quickly became habitats for dinosaurs.
Students were also tasked with promoting their theme park exhibit with posters and press releases.
Inside the building on Friday morning, students shared their work with other groups during a museum walk.
Outside, teachers organized an archaeological dig in the snow.
Buried deep under “millions of years of snow” were dinosaur eggs created by freezing dino toys in water balloons.