Below are activities to use with the tour, but you may have many
more of your own. They are designed to cross all areas of the curriculum
and make use of the rich resources of the Internet as well as good
- Enchanted Learning http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/allabout/alphadinos.shtml
- Research some theories about why the dinosaurs became extinct
and write about which you think are possible and which you think
are totally impossible.
- Use information from The University of Bristol web page (http://palaeo.gly.bris.ac.uk/communication/dinobiol.html)
to create posters to classify dinosaurs into groups: herbivores
(plant eaters), carnivores (meat eaters), flyers, and water living
- Create a fossil dictionary including facts and illustrations
about fossils and how they are used to learn about dinosaurs of
the past. Staple together a blank booklet of approximately 10
pages to create the dictionary.
- Sort and count plastic dinosaurs. Pose math problems suitable
to the capabilities of your students, e.g. "If I had 3 dinosaurs
and I take 2 dinosaurs away, how many dinosaurs left? "If
2 dinos each had 4 eggs, how many dino eggs altogether?"
- Use facts about groups of dinosaurs to write and solve math
- Create a concentration game by finding or drawing two of each
picture and pasting them onto cardboard squares. How to play :
Shuffle the cards, turn them all upside down and each player takes
turns to find pairs.
- Find meanings for the following words: extinct, jurassic,
fossil, carnivores, herbivores, reptile. Use the Dino
Dictionary to help you write and illustrate a story with the title
"What Would You Do If You Had A Pet Dinosaur." Encourage
the children to write and illustrate a story about where they
would keep it, where it would sleep and what they would feed it.
Consider what would happen while they are at school or what would
happen if they brought it to school for show and tell.
- Discuss as a group what the problems would be with having a
dinosaur as a pet.
- Write a DINOSAUR acrostic poem. An acrostic poem is a poem where
the first letter of each line, when read down, makes the word
DINOSAUR. These Info Sheets will help you with words to complete
your poem. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/allabout/alphadinos.shtml
- Write a story about why you think the dinosaurs became extinct.
The Days of The Dinosaurs by Jan Anderson
Did Comets Kill The Dinosaurs? By Isaac Asimov
Collins Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric
Creatures. By Barry Cox
Thingnapped by Robyn Klein
Amandas Dinosaur by Wendy Orr
Prehistoric Animal Brigade"
"LISTEN TO THE CHORUS OF THE
BRONTOSAURUS, AND THE STEGOSAURUS DOWN BY THE LAKE.
HERE'S A WOOLY MAMMOTH, TUSKS ALL
CURLY, JOINS THE HURLY-BURLY, OH DEAR ME.
WHAT A NOISE, IT'S THE BOYS, FROM
THE PREHISTORIC ANIMAL BRIGADE."
Sing this as a chanting kind of song while the children thump their
knees to sound like dinosaurs stomping and to the beat of the words.
It can also be sung in a round with groups of children starting
after each line.
- Model paper mache dinosaurs using paper mache balloons to create
a jurassic-theme wall mural with leaf and bark collage trees.
Add artwork and information to it as you learn.
- Make model paper mache dinosaurs using balloons, wire and paper
mache. Create the body parts and wire to join them together once
the mache is dry and balloons have been removed. Use toilet rolls
for legs, attaching them with masking tape and cut out cardboard
shapes for heads and tails.
- Visit some of the exhibitions at the web sites below. Using
pictures you have seen and information you discover about dinosaur
anatomy and behaviour, choose parts from a few different dinosaurs
and paint, draw or collage a mixed up dinosaur, e.g. A brontosaurus
head with a pleseosaur body and pteradactyl wings with tyranosaurus
- Using a tray of sand about 4 centimeters deep, allow the children
to create what they would consider a dinosaur foot print to look
like. Line the foot print carefully with plastic food wrap and
pour plaster into it. Allow to dry and remove the plaster cast
from the sand. Peel off the plastic wrap and you have created
a cast of a dinosaur footprint. The footprint can then be painted
if you choose.
(Pictures and Artwork)
Dinosaur Cartoons http://www.dinosaurcartoons.com/
Jokes and fun activities http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/fun/
Word scramble http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/activities/unscramble/uns1.shtml