Today we focused on one of the more popular Cretaceous carnivores, Tryrannosaurus Rex. We had a few writing and math paper along with a wooden dino model.
- A T. Rex Named Sue by Natalie Lunis
- page 10 in Dinosaurs: Diggin’ Discovery (A+ Let’s Grow Smart!).
As you learn each dinosaur on this day look up the Dino Dictionary to see you to correctly pronounce their names, and find each dinosaur on the dinosaur classification chart that we made earlier.
Draw a picture of T. Rex.
Translation: Tyrant lizard king
Height: 20 feet
Length: 40 feet
Physical Appearance: T. Rex had a huge head with large, pointed, replaceable teeth that were as long as 9 inches. It had a well defined jaw line. It had tiny arms, each with two fingers. Each bird-like foot had three large toes, all equipped with claws. T. rex had a slim, stiff, pointed tail that provided balance and allowed quick turns while running. T. rex’s neck was short and muscular. Its body was solidly built but its bones were hollow. T. rex was once the biggest known dinosaur, but a few have been discovered now that are bigger than T. rex such as Giganotosaurus.
Lifestyle: Tyrannosaurus rex was a fierce predator that walked on two powerful legs. Some people call him the king of dinosaurs. T. rex was a relatively smart dinosaur even though it had a small brain compared to it’s body size. It’s brain had a very large area for processing odors though.
Discovered by: Fossilized specimens of T. rex’s rough, scaly skin have been found. It was bumpy, like an alligator’s skin. The first Tyrannosaurus rex fossil was discovered by the famous fossil hunter Barnum Brown in 1902.
J filled in the Tyrannosaurus Information Page to review what he learned.
Tyrannosaurus Rex Activity Page
I found this Tyrannosaurus Rex Activity Page for J to learn how big a man is compared to a T. Rex.
Tyrannosaurus Rex Quiz
1. Did T. rex eat meat or plants?______________________________
2. How tall was T. rex?_____________________________________
3. Were T. rex’s arms long or short?___________________________
4. How many fingers did T. rex have on each hand? ______________
5. Was T. rex the biggest meat-eating dinosaur?_________________
6. How long were T. rex’s teeth? _____________________________
7. Was T. rex smart compared to most other dinosaurs? ___________
8. Name a dinosaur that was bigger than T. rex. _________________
9. What does Tyrannosaurus rex mean? _______________________
Make a Tyrannosaurus Rex
I printed out this Tyrannosaurus Rex on card stock for J to cut out and put together.
I found this T. Rex Dino Dig Kit that J just loved doing.
T. Rex Dot-to-dots
T-Rex Footprint Cookie
Dinosaur walking on wet mud created footprints. When the mud dried the footprints remained and eventually turned to rock if they were covered by dirt and sand before they washed away. The footprints are exposed in some areas by erosion. Here is a T-Rex fossil footprint…
- Table knife (dull)
- 1 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Butter, softened
- 3 cups Flour, All purpose
- 1 Egg
- 1 tea. Vanilla
- ½ tea. Baking Powder
- ½ tea. Baking Soda
- Extra sugar
- Cookie sheet
- Cut the potato in half. Draw the outline of a dinosaur’s footprint in the potato with a pencil. Cut away the potato from around the footprint with a dull table knife.
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup softened butter. Beat the sugar butter mixture until light and fluffy. Add 3 cups flour. Mix together thoroughly. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Compact the dough with your hands until it sticks together and forms a single ball.
- Separate the dough into walnut-sized pieces of dough. Roll the dough into balls and then flatten them so you can stamp the dough. Place some sugar on a plate. Place the dough on both sides on the plate so they are covered with sugar. Press the potato footprint into the dough.
- Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake your dinosaur cookie footprints at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 to 12 minutes. Make sure the bottoms of the cookies are a very light golden brown. If they are not add 1 or 2 extra minutes to the baking time. Cool 1 minute and then remove from the cookie sheets. Now its time to enjoy these delicious cookies.
3-D T. Rex Puzzle
I found this Rose Art 3-D Create N’ Color Wooden Dinosaur Series at our local Goodwill store. We put together to T. Rex dino today.
T. Rex & Triceratops Activity Sheet
I found this T. Rex & Triceratops Activity Sheet for J to brush up on his listening skills.
Match the Dinosaurs
I printed out this Dino Match sheet for J.
Break the Dino Code
I chose a few of these Break the Dino Code math sheets.
Dinosaur Unit Study