Have some fun with dinosaurs!
Students learn about dinosaurs by making a paleontologist fieldwork journal. Dinosaurs can be researched independently, with partners, in small group, or whole class. Students record main characteristics of each dinosaur and make an illustration. After a week of researching, you can simply bind the journals together with a paper bag cover and twine.
Your students can learn what a paleontologist does by completing the fun lap book. There is information on where fossils are found, tools a paleontologist uses, and types of dinosaurs. Students learn to think like a paleontologist by completing writing activities that explain how conclusions are made. They also complete an opinion writing to persuade someone to become a paleontologist. The lap book can be decorated with each student's head and a doctor name tag. My students loved seeing their name with Dr. ___.
There's more persuasive writing with a story connection to Can I Bring My Pterodactyl to School, Ms. Johnson? by Lois G. Grambling.
My students loved completing an imaginative name play with ___asauras and describing themselves as a dinosaur.
We studied bones and did an x-ray art project with My Bones poetry.
Math Connections include:
-Math Measurement with inches and feet, elapsed time, and problem solving. Students can use more than one way to show how they solved dinosaur/paleontologist themed math problems.
-Measurement recording sheet and cards to measure fossils in inches and centimeters. These can be used in small groups or with partners.
We had a great dinosaur week!