Did you know that no one has ever seen a real dinosaur? It’s true! If no one has seen a real dinosaur, how do we seem to know so much about them? Dinosaur scientists use clues from animals today and make observations about the fossils they find. With these two sources of information they make a hypothesis. As more discoveries are made these hypotheses are either proven or disproved.
Use these anchor charts or the power point to model how to hypothesize just like a real paleontologist. Have your students look at the information presented in these 6 task cards, then make their own predictions based upon the evidence.
**Paleontologists Hypothesize Power Point to help model and review possible student hypotheses.
**Anchor Pages of the Power point for those teachers who do not use power point presentations.
**A Student Fill In The Blank Worksheet
**A Paleontologists Hypothesize Student Sheet
**6 Task cards with AWESOME photographs and real information.
**Keys for everything are provided in the PPT and the Anchor charts.
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Please Note: I used this at the end of the second grade year. I do not think second graders could handle this activity at the beginning of the year. But, if you want to try it, more power to ya! (=
For more articles and activities concerning fossils and dinosaurs try:
Dinosaur Science Lesson 1
Dinosaur Science Lesson 2
Dinosaur Science Lesson 3
Dinosaur Science Lesson 4
Created by Gwen Jones aka Curious Jones