Digging Into the Past: Dinosaurs Lab Activity Series

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Digging Into the Past: Dinosaurs Lab Activity Series
Educational Materials Earth Science Educational Materials Geology Learning Activities
Explore the Life and Times of Dinosaurs Using Real Fossils and Casts

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. Fossil samples and other demonstration materials are included, along with a teacher’s guide and student worksheets. The series are designed to meet National Science Education content standards for understanding the scientific method, structure and function in living systems, populations and ecosystems, heredity, diversity, adaptation, and more. The individual activities in this series are designed for one setup.

The set of six activities includes:• Life of a Dinosaur, in which your students will compare and contrast actual fossil eggshells with recent eggshells to identify a possible common origin for birds and dinosaurs.• Is It Bone or Is It Stone? allows your students to observe and describe the structures visible in a recently cut mammal bone to those seen in a dinosaur bone fragment and two common rock samples.• The Great Dinosaur Puzzle lets your students test their skills as paleontologists by piecing together fragmented fossil remains, including Eocene fossil fish fragments and Permian reptile bones. Students can also assemble a wooden dinosaur model and compare the shape of the pieces to an actual hadrosaur bone.• Where Did the Dinosaurs Go? leads you to explore the concept of casts and molds, analyze a dinosaur footprint cast, and learn how to distinguish coprolites and gastroliths from common rocks.• Dinosaur Decorations examines unusual dinosaur “decorations” and what they tell us about dinosaur evolution by comparing the scutes (bony growths) from several samples.• In the Mouth of a Dinosaur looks at the shapes of dinosaur teeth and shows how paleontologists learn about they way these animals lived, how they were related, and how long they lived. Students will investigate these concepts by comparing the tooth of a crocodile to one from a hadrosaur.