Make a nest of dinosaur eggs, then open them to use the scientific practice of observing models. This is lesson one in a series that explores dinosaurs and fossils at the primary level. This lesson includes teacher notes, rubric for scoring, background content, student recording 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 Correlations: A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas
Observe Dinosaurs - Scientific Practices
Practice 2: Developing and Using Models:
Students observe models of dinosaurs and draw pictures to record their observations. They make a word list and use the words to describe their observations.
Observe Dinosaurs - Crosscutting Concepts
Structure and Function
The way in which a living thing is shaped determines many of its functions.
Observe 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.
LS4-D: Biodiversity and Humans
What is biodiversity, and how do humans affect it, and how does it affect humans?
Where do different kinds of living things live?
Different kinds of plants and animals live in different places and need different things to live. Sometimes there are changes in the places where plants and animals live.
What happens when there are changes in the ecological conditions of places where organisms of groups of organisms live?
Some plants and animals no longer exist on Earth (e.g., dinosaurs).