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All about dinosaurs

Posted: April 2, 2013 - 1:54pm
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Children dig through trays of sand to find mock dinosaur fossils during the Dino Fair at Victory Christian School in North Augusta Thursday morning March 28, 2013.      Michael Holahan / Staff  MICHAEL HOLAHAN
MICHAEL HOLAHAN
Children dig through trays of sand to find mock dinosaur fossils during the Dino Fair at Victory Christian School in North Augusta Thursday morning March 28, 2013. Michael Holahan / Staff

Victory Christian School’s gym was transformed into a fun learning center Thursday for its Dino Fair.

On one side of the gym, pupil made dinosaur footprints and on the other they used hammers to crack open baked rocks to find toy dinosaurs inside.

In between, stations focused on the different periods when dinosaurs are thought to have existed. At each station, the speaker shared what the Bible says about the period and about dinosaurs in the period.

The event was a fun way to end the school’s reading program, I Dig Reading, while bringing together science and the Bible, said Kelley Nelsen, the school’s librarian and art teacher.

She got the idea for the Dino Fair over the holidays when she and her family visited the Creation Museum.

“I wanted to do a big thing that talks about dinosaurs and teaches the students that they can find answers to their questions in the Bible,” she said.

The activity stations covered a variety of topics including creation, the fall of man, the flood, what happened after the flood, the stories that were told after the extinction of dinosaurs, and the finding of dinosaur bones.

Ryan Nelsen’s favorite station was the one that talked about dinosaurs’ diets.

“I learned that the dinosaurs ate fruits and vegetables,” said the 9-year-old of the station.

Tyrick Sunkett’s favorite station was learning about the flood and the role Noah and his ark played, he said.

“It is really interesting,” he said, adding that it’s what he’ll remember most from the event.

Eleven-year-old Kaylyn Hardy said that the event taught her a lot about dinosaurs and that the activities made learning fun.

“I enjoyed cracking open the rocks to get to the dinosaur,” she said. “And putting together the dinosaur was fun, too. It was a lot harder to put together than I thought.”

Nelsen said that she hopes the students enjoyed the event and learned to look to the Bible for information.

“God has given us a book that tells us what happened,” she said. “We know God was there and we can trust his word.”

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