They may have disappeared over 60 million years ago, however dinosaurs remain some of the most beloved topics of study in any educational setting. June 1st is International Dinosaur day. Dinosaurs roamed the earth at a time when the land was all one, the super continent Pangaea. This is a fascinating topic itself.
I mention it because we find fossils of the same dinosaur in The United States and Egypt…yet they are oceans apart -TODAY. Kids are amazed by this. I don’t believe any dinosaur discussion is complete without beginning with a discussion on Pangaea.
This video by kids, for kids does a great job! The link takes you to the SAFE YOU TUBE view. No ads, no “inappropriate” next videos.
Every depiction of a dinosaur is just that, a depiction. No one knows what color they were. But the fossils scientists have found and studied have told us amazing things!
We know their size, what they ate, during which time period they lived and even if they were good mothers!
Perhaps the most fascinating thing about the dinosaurs is their size. It’s hard to TRULY get a feel for how big the dinosaurs were without some tangible activity. If you are blessed with a Natural History Museum that houses a dinosaur display, by all means, pay them a visit. It’s fun to compare your size to their size “in real life”.
Here is a fun idea you can do in your neighborhood park or other open area.
It takes just a quick minute to prep. Here is what you need:
-At least 5 different dinosaurs (Classroom teachers, divide your class in half so students work in pairs). You can Google for the information or use the FACT SHEETS Homeschool Holiday has in their handy curriculum! It’s fun to let the kids choose their favorites!
– Length in feet for each of the dinosaurs (included in the fact sheets) chosen the more variety the better.
– Ball of string, cut into the lengths of each of the dinosaurs chosen. then placed into a zip top bag and labeled. Be careful not to tangle the string. Ribbon works well also.
– Large open space such as a park or soccer field.
One learner holds the string at one end, and the other takes the other end as far as it will stretch. – That’s how big the dinosaur was!
If you would like to take your dinosaur studies a bit further – Happy Hive has just what you need. This curriculum is packed with Facts! 20 fact sheets, a book that both young and older learners can sink their carnivorous teeth into creating and a mural for you to hang. As you learn about each dinosaur (you chose the pace) cut out the dinosaur and attach it to the mural free style, or sort it according to the time period. This is engaging and fun for any time of the year.
Our fascination with these ancient creatures knows no limits. I have studied dinosaurs several times myself over the years and each time I am blessed with something new and wonderful. This set of curriculum will save you time researching WHICH dinosaurs to use in your study – you can always add more based on your learners and their interests. Creating the mural is a favorite activity with each group I use it! I hope your group finds as much enjoyment!
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