Did you know that the idea of animal extinction was just discovered 200 years ago? Use this article, text dependent questions and comparing activities to teach the science and history of dinosaur extinction. Who discovered that animals can be extinct? Who discovered that there are large extinct lizards?
What events led up to these discoveries? How was it discovered? Students will love thinking like the scientists from 200 years ago.
Everything is aligned to the following common core standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2 Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3 Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.5 Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.6 Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
For more articles and activities concerning fossils and dinosaurs try:
Dinosaur Research Project
Dinosaur Science Lesson 1
Dinosaur Science Lesson 3
Dinosaur Science Lesson 4
Created by Gwen Jones aka Curious Jones