Grade Level: Middle School
Discipline: Biology, Diversity, and Evolution
Standards: Florida Standards
SC.912.L.15.3: Describe how biological diversity is increased by the origin of new species and how it is decreased by the natural process of extinction.
SC.912.N.1.1: Define a problem based on a specific body of knowledge, for example: biology, chemistry, physics, and earth/space science.
LAFS.910.RST.3.9: Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.
Today we are going to learn about a topic that most of you love, Dinosaurs! Although we do not learn that much about them in class, if you become a biologist considerable time is spent learning all about them. We will be using a learning model called a WebQuest. In using this tool, you will work in groups of three to answer the question, What killed the dinosaurs? To solve this mystery, you must go on a quest, back in time to the Cretaceous Period. Be careful, hungry velociraptors may be around any corner! You will examine online resources to answer the question, What killed the dinosaurs?
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Digging Into the Past: Dinosaurs Lab Activity Series
With this innovative series of lab activities, your students can dig into the past to uncover the fascinating story of dinosaurs. Your students study eggshells, teeth, scutes, bones, trackways, and even coprolites, to find remarkable evidence of how dinosaurs lived and evolved.
Ward's Dinosaur Evolution Poster
The evolution of dinosaurs is shown here on a cladogram, a type of diagram used by paleontologists to understand how animals are related to each other.
Fill the see-through molds with paper mâché, let dry and pop out. Decorate with paint. Projects can be simple or detailed. Great for any age.