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Dinosaurs Day 9: Triassic

Dinosaurs Day 9: Triassic

Triassic Dinosaurs Now we started taking a closer look at a few dinosaurs from each period.  Today we learned about 3 dinosaurs from the Triassic Period; Fabrosaurus, Massospondylus, and Plateosaurus. Discuss: As you learn each dinosaur on this day look up the Dino Dictionary to learn how to correctly pronounce their names, and find each dinosaur on the dinosaur classification chart that we made earlier. Dinosaur...

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Dinosaurs Day 8: Mesozoic Era

Dinosaurs Day 8: Mesozoic Era

Mesozoic Era For this day we learned that the Mesozoic Era is divided into 3 periods; Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous.  We also made a graph for the height of some dinosaurs. Read: page 17 in Dinosaurs: Diggin’ Discovery (A+ Let’s Grow Smart!) Discuss: The Mesozoic Era is “THE AGE OF REPTILES” The climate of the Mesozoic Era was generally warmer and more tropical than what we experience on Earth today. The seasons were very...

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Dinosaurs Day 7: Herbivores, Carnivores & Omnivores

Dinosaurs Day 7: Herbivores, Carnivores & Omnivores

Herbivores, Carnivores & Omnivores For this day we studied the differences between herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore dinosaurs.  We also did a few math and writing activities today. Discuss: What are somedifferences in the characteristics of the meat-eating dinosaurs and the plant-eating dinosaurs. Show pictures of different types of teeth. If a dinosaur was an herbivore, ate plants only, what kind of teeth did it have? Did it have claws?...

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Dinosaurs Day 6: Marine & Flying Reptiles

Dinosaurs Day 6: Marine & Flying Reptiles

Marine and Flying Reptiles On this day we learned about some other large reptiles, some could fly and some could swim.  We also played a phonics game and a multiplication game.  We made a dinosaur joke book and some play dough dinosaur models as well. Read: Sea Giants of Dinosaur Time by Don Lessem Flying Giants of Dinosaur Time by Don Lessem Discuss: What have we learned about how dinosaurs were born? Yes, like reptiles, dinosaurs...

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Dinosaurs Day 5: Classification

Dinosaurs Day 5: Classification

Dinosaur Classification We learned how paleontologists classify dinosaurs and we made our own little chart to help remind us of the classifications throughout the remainder of this unit study.   We also worked with similes and made a diorama too. Read: Ankylosaurusby Kimberley Jane Pryor Discuss: Dinosaurs are divided into two orders based on their hip (pelvic) structure the “Lizard-Hipped” or Saurischian dinosaurs and the...

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Dinosaurs Day 4: Paleontology & Fossils

Dinosaurs Day 4: Paleontology & Fossils

Paleontology & Fossil Today we learned more about paleontology and fossils.  We also learned how dinosaurs are named.  We had fun digging in food to find “fossils” and learning how paleontologists put the piece together.  We also took a trip to the La Brea Tar Pits to see how animals can become fossilized. Read: Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki page 17 in Dinosaurs: Diggin’ Discovery (A+ Let’s Grow...

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Dinosaurs Day 3: Extinction

Dinosaurs Day 3: Extinction

What Happened to the Dinosaurs (Extinction) This is the day that we learned about extinction and we experimented with a few of the different theories about why dinosaurs are extinct.  We made some dinosaur fossil crafts, drawings, and creative writing. Read: pages 26-29 in What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs? by John Morris and Ken Ham Discuss: An animal that is extinct is an animal that no longer exists. How does this happen to animals...

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Dinosaurs Day 2: The Fall

Dinosaurs Day 2: The Fall

How Sin Changed the Dinosaurs (The Fall) Today we studied how Earth was before The Fall and after The Fall.  We also learned a little bit about fossils, how they are formed, and when the first dinosaur fossil was found.  I included some word games and cooking activities in today’s lessons. Read: pages 16-19 in What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs? by John Morris and Ken Ham Genesis 3 Discuss: What do you think it would have been...

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Dinosaurs Day 1: Creation

Dinosaurs Day 1: Creation

Where Did Dinosaurs Come From? (Creation) On this day we reviewed that God created the world and on what day dinosaurs were created.  We also learned about the dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible, what dinosaur means, and how dinosaurs are like today’s reptiles.  I included some writing, alphabetizing, and addition review in today’s lessons. Read: pages 6-15 in What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs? by John Morris and Ken...

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Dinosaur Unit Study

Dinosaur Unit Study

In this unit study we learned about dinosaurs including the Biblical teaching about dinosaurs.  We also learned about fossils and paleontologists and how the classify dinosaurs.  We studied the different eras and learned about a few specific dinosaurs from each era.  This unit study is geared for elementary students with 16 days worth of lessons.  I did this unit study with my 2nd grader and would recommend it for 1st grade though 4th...

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