Introducing Dinosaurs Mini-Lesson
Objective: Students will learn about some interesting dinosaur characteristics in this overview of dinosaurs.
Suggested Time: 15 minutes
Reading Level: Upper Elementary
Back in the mists of time, there lived an extraordinary group of animals. Called dinosaurs, they survived for more than 150 million years, MORE
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- A Visual Overview: Show the slideshow of photos to your class. Each has a descriptive caption and kid-friendly copy for your students to read. (Please note that there is also more extensive teacher note copy just for you.)
- Creative Caption Review: Once you've been through the slideshow for an overview, go back through it again. This time ask students to explain why the captions do (or do not!) work. (Example: Do you think the caption "Fantastic Femur" is a good one for the Brachiosaurus? Why or why not?)
Click the thumbnail slides below to see the captions and kid-friendly copy up close.
- Continue the Conversation: Ask students why they think paleontologists (scientists who study dinosaurs) are often both excited and frustrated when they hunt for fossils on an expedition. Encourage kids to talk about how exciting huge dinosaur fossil finds must be!
- Write about it: Ask students to identify one thing that really interests them about dinosaurs and write a paragraph about it to share with the class. (When grappling to write a good paragraph, student interest is a necessity. However, if your students don't have much prior knowledge of the topic, you can provide story starters such as "How would it feel to be the last dinosaur to become extinct?")
Reinforcements: These worksheets will be useful as you further develop your teaching unit. The Word Power worksheet will give your students vocabulary practice with key terms from this mini-lesson and the related activity will help reinforce key concepts on dinosaurs.
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