How can you group dinosaurs and then communicate about them? Students observe pictures or models of different dinosaurs and then group them to make a graph that communicates their understanding. This is lesson 3 in a series that explores dinosaurs and fossils at the primary level. This lesson includes teacher notes, rubric for scoring, background content, student r page, a writing page, and correlation to A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. Dinosaur and Fossil lessons are also included in the book by Karen Ostlund and Sheryl Mercier, Rising to the Challenge of the National Science Education Standards- Primary Grades.
Dinosaur and Fossils Correlations: A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas
Communicate About Dinosaurs - Scientific Practices
Practice 2: Developing and Using Models:
Students observe pictures of dinosaurs and group them based on similarities and differences. Then they organize their results by constructing a graph.
Practice 4: Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Grouping dinosaurs based on similarities and differences reveals patterns and relationships that can be communicated to others. Because raw data as such have little meaning, a major practice of scientists is to organize and interpret the data through tabulating, graphing, or statistical analysis. This analysis can bring out the meaning of the data - and their relevance - so that they may be used as evidence to support explanations.
Communicate About Dinosaurs - Crosscutting Concepts
Observed patterns guide organization and classification, and they prompt questions about relationships and the factors that influence them.
Communicate About Dinosaurs - Core Ideas
The life sciences are partially rooted in earth science, as Earth remains the only example of a biologically active planet, and the fossils found in the geological record of rocks are of interest to both life scientists and earth scientists.
LS Core Idea 4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Biological evolution explains the unity and diversity of species.
LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
What evidence shows that different species are related?
Evidence for common ancestry can be found in the fossil record.
Grades K-2: Some kinds of plants and animals that once lived on Earth (e.g., dinosaurs) are no longer found anywhere, although others now living (e.g., lizards) resemble them in some ways.
Grades 3-5: Fossils provide evidence about the types of organisms (both visible and microscopic) that lived long ago and also about the nature of their environments. Fossils can be compared