Roughly Speaking podcast: Could dinosaurs come back? and other 5th grader science and health questions answered by experts (episode 101)

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“What’s the most gruesome thing you ever saw?” There’s a question you’ve always wanted to ask a doctor and probably never did. But a student in Leah Burchman’s 5th-grade class at Bollman Bridge Elementary School in Jessup, Maryland, didn’t hesitate to ask Dr. John Cmar for his ickiest memory. "My students are very curious individuals, and they love learning about all different types of subjects,” says Burchman, who teaches two English/language arts classes at the Howard County school.

On today’s show, Dr. Cmar, who practices at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, answers health questions from Bollman Bridge 5th graders (1:45) while science educator and author John Monahan answers questions about dinosaurs, Earth and space posed by the 5th grade students of Rosemary Hazle, a teacher at Tunbridge Public Charter School in Baltimore (33:47). "My students are eager learners and a really fun group of kids. They will come up with great questions,” Hazle promised, and they did.

We expect to do this again before school lets out later this month. In the next health/science episode of Roughly Speaking, Cmar and Monahan answer questions from 5th graders at Hillcrest Elementary School in Catonsville and Roland Park Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore.


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