Dinosaurs

(1) Objectives:

  • To discover what dinosaur or animal footprints tell us.
  • To discover how large an Apatosaurus’ footprint is.
  • To discover how a paleontologist digs up fossils.
  • To discover what tools a paleontologist uses to dig up fossils.

Procedure:

  • Read poem Something Big Has Been Here to the students.
  • Discuss what the poem means and what footprints tell us about dinosaurs or animals.
  • Divide the student into groups and trace their feet in an Apatosaurus’ footprint to determine how many they can fit inside.
  • Discuss the similarities and differences between the dinosaur footprint and their own footprint.

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(2) Objectives:

  • To discover the characteristics of a meat-eating dinosaur (carnivore).
  • To discover the characteristics of a plant-eating dinosaur (herbivore).
  • To discover how you can tell a meat-eater from a plant-eater by its footprints.

Procedure:

  • Make cards with characteristics of meat-eaters and plant-eaters (one characteristic per card).
  • Give one card to each student and tell them there are two groups and they must figure out what the groups are and where they would belong (according to their card).
  • Once students get into the groups, discuss why each characteristic belongs in it’s group.
  • Show map of dinosaur footprints and discuss what type of dinosaurs they could be.

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(3) Objectives:

  • To discover how much an Apatosaurus weighs.
  • To discover how much an Apatosaurus weighs compared to the rest of the class.

Procedure:

  • Find the weight of an Apatosaurus.
  • Weigh each student and add up weights to find the total class weight.
  • Compare the two weights, figure out how many classes it would take to weigh the same as an Apatosaurus.

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