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Re: Teaching about dinosaurs

>Date: Tue, 01 Dec 1998 10:31:58 -0500 (EST)
>From: LAURA NORR <LNMF@grove.iup.edu>
>To: dinosaur@usc.edu
>Subject: Teaching about dinosaurs
>Message-ID: <01J4TJEW5LIQ8ZHD8O@grove.iup.edu>

>Hi! I am an early childhood and elementary education major at Indiana
>University of Pennsylvania.  I am doing a project about dinosaurs and was
>wondering if anyone had any good ideas for projects or activities that I
>include in my unit that are geared toward children.  If you could help, I
>greatly appreciate it.  Thanks.


Here`s one that one of my old Ed. Profs told us (he`s into the "discovery"
method). Get numerous dino skeleton drawings and cut them into pieces, then
put about 25% of the pieces of each dino in its own separate paper bag. Tell
the children they are dino bones excavated out of a quarry and tell them
they must put together and  identify each one. Provide a poster of complete
skeletons as a guide. Out of 20 -30 or so kids (probably out of 5) one will
inevitably say "Hey! Mines missing some pieces!...Then you get to explain
how that`s also the case in most of the field work paleontologists do.
Even "Sue" the famous Tyranosaur is ...what? only 90% complete? The whole
process gets the kids to take a closer look at things. Good Luck!