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A collection full of resources for teachers who are implementing a unit about dinosaurs.
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Sun, Oct 18, 2015 1:54 PM in Activity for elementary students: 3D alien representation
I'm currently taking a Methods of Teaching Science class that recently required students to create a 3D representation of an alien from an assigned celestial body. The class was split up into many groups of two, and then each group was assigned a celestial body (included were all of the planets other than Earth, asteroids, comets, Titan, IO, and the Moon). Then, the students were asked to create...
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Sat, Oct 10, 2015 1:27 PM in Great Professional Development Resource
Thanks for sharing this resource! The videos are very well-done, and address important topics. They should interest and engage students, and I think they would do a good job of informing students about different scientific topics.
Sun, Oct 04, 2015 12:20 PM in Teaching Space Science- Soalr system
I've really enjoyed reading all of the great ideas in this thread! I like that Pluto is still included in most of the mentioned lessons, but that there's always an emphasis on the fact that it is now classified as a dwarf planet. I think the postcard idea is a wonderful one, as are the OP's song and roleplay activities! Do you think these aforementioned activities would work well for any of the...
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Dinosaur Extinction, Early Childhood Style
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 3:11 PM One question led to 8 months of inquiry!
This article starts with a teacher explaining that one question from a pre-schooler led to 8 months of inquiry-based learning! She then describes how this happened, how she encouraged students to keep this learning going, and the activities with which she helped to teach them about dinosaurs. There are a lot of great ideas in this article that worked for her classroom, and I think would work for many other kids, too. She outlines some really great, engaging activities that could be used in classrooms around the world. This article is a great resource for anyone who is looking for interesting ways to engage students during a dinosaur unit.
Primary Paleontologists: Students "dig in" to excavate buried "fossils"
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 2:29 PM Engaging activity for young science students
This article details a teacher's experience when conducting fossil 'digs' with her second grade students. She describes how the digs work, what materials are needed, and what the students do before, during, and after the dig. It seems to be a very engaging and rich activity that allows students to both have fun and learn. They use map, writing, and observation skills along with their knowledge about dinosaurs and excavations. When I become a teacher, I would love to engage the kids with this activity.
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