Dinosaurs Course Details
Dinosaurs were (and are in the form of birds) an incredibly diverse group of animals. For much of their existence from 243 million years ago to 65 million years ago, when all non-avian dinosaurs went extinct, they were the dominant terrestrial vertebrate (land-living animals with a spine).
But these non-avian dinosaurs did go extinct. So, how do paleontologists take a few bones and determine what a dinosaur looked like? In this 3-week series, learners will build models of dinosaur skeletons. We will look at three important geologic periods to look at important evolutionary steps that occurred in this diverse group of animals.
This series uses the book Excavate! Dinosaurs for the model templates.
Each 3-week session will be filled with hands-on activities and investigations. There will also be some activities for students to do outside of class.
Dinosaurs is one of the 4 sessions in the Elementary Level Science Series Season 4. Each session of the Elementary Level Science Series meets 3 times over a span of 3 weeks. Each 3-week Session includes important, foundational science topics, scientific modeling, focused definitions of core science terms and phrases all in an engaging, high-interest format that meet important Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Each Session of the Elementary Level Science Series has hands-on labs that have been thoughtfully paired with written materials. Materials will be emailed 2-weeks before the class meets with guided readings, materials list, lab instructions as well as suggestions for extra activities and how to use the topics and material for project-based unit studies. During the live sessions, students can ask questions as we go over the material. Then we will work on an lab/activity as a class. Classes will be taped for anyone unable to attend a class.
Course materials will be staggered depending on the grade level, science acumen of the student.
* Lab materials will be inexpensive and easy to obtain. The book Excavate! Dinosaurs is a required spine for this 3-week series.
These are hands-on get up and move around, science classes that are fun & educational.