Classroom Dinosaur Dig

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Young paleontologists roll up their sleeves and get a little dirty in this hands-on unit on dinosaurs. Over the course of these seven lessons young scientists learn about these giant reptiles while excavating and assembling a T-rex skeleton in order to make inferences about the life it lived.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Integrate these lessons into an upper elementary or middle school life science unit on-dinosaurs
  • Model for students how to appropriately excavate the dig site to avoid any procedural or behavioral problems during the activity
  • Have students complete the true/false and examining teeth activities with a partner, allowing for collaborative discussions about dinosaurs
  • Extend learning by making comparisons and inferences about skeletons of other dinosaur or animal species
Classroom Considerations
  • This resource is meant to accompany a GeoScience Classroom Dino Dig kit that includes a model T-rex skeleton. This kit can be purchased online or another dinosaur skeleton can be used in it's place.
  • Lessons require the teacher to gather their own informational texts, videos, and images to use during instruction
  • Depending on the size of you class and the space available at your school, you may need to adjust the size and layout of your excavation site
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Clear illustrations and step-by-step instructions support teachers with setting up a dig site for their class
  • A list of key vocabulary is included with definitions for each term
  • Answer keys are included for each worksheet in this resource
  • Offers ideas for lengthening or shortening this lesson series to fit individual class schedules
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