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Lesson Idea 1: Dinosaurs - Dinosaur Task Cards

 

Lesson Idea and Outline

Students will complete a series of sequential learning activities based on the Dinosaur theme.

Overview

Dinosaur Task Cards develops reading, writing, numeracy and comprehension skills across the learning areas for lower to middle primary students.

Objectives

Time required

Time: 25 periods X 30 minutes. This includes research, discussion creating and presentation.

Resources required

Each task has its own set materials and resources

Dinosaur Task Cards

  1. Dinosaur Match
  2. Dinosaur Beginning sounds
  3. Puzzle fun
  4. Story of a Dinosaur Fossil
  5. Volcanic Eruption
  6. Camoflage
  7. Dotty Dinosaur
  8. Dinosaur fossils
  9. Ankylosaurus
  10. Colour Triceratops by Number
  11. Who am I?
  12. Pentaceratops
  13. Dinosaur dig
  14. Tyrannosaurus maths
  15. Stegosaurus
  16. Allosaurus
  17. What do You Think
  18. Elasmosaurus
  19. Tyrannosaurus Teeth
  20. Dinosaur Crossword
  21. Trachodon
  22. Dinosaur Maze
  23. Shapes 'n Skeletons
  24. Design a Dinosaur
  25. Playdough Dinosaurs

1. Dinosaur Match

Materials:

Cut off the name strips, paste them on the correct picture.

Complete the picture and colour.

Paste completed activity on to page in your new Dinosaur Sketch Book.( Teacher to prepare a special book for each student for all 24 Dinosaur activities.)

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2. Dinosaur Beginning Sounds

Materials:

1. Find names of dinosaurs beginning with d, i, n, o, s, a, u, r.

2. Write these on Activity Sheet No 2.

3. Do a small illustration for 3 of the names

4. Paste completed sheet in Dinosaur Book.

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3. Dinosaur Puzzle Fun

Materials:

1. Complete Dopey Dinosaur maze

2. Work out which body goes with which head eg. C3. Write at bottom of the sheet

3. Colour drawings

4. Paste completed sheet in Dinosaur Book.

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4. Story of a Dinosaur

Materials:

1. Read sheets twice each. Underline all the words you do not know.

2. Write the words in your Dinosaur book and look them up in the dictionary.

3. Colour in pictures and stick pages into your Dinosaur book.

4. Read your fossil exercise to two people and the teacher.

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5. Volcanic Eruption

Materials:

1. Label the volcano, on Activity sheet No 5.
* lava comes out the volcano
* magma is the molten materials underground.

2. Colour the volcano. Draw smoke and fire.

3. Use paste and red glitter for the hot lave

4. Paste completed sheet in Dinosaur Book.

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6. Camouflage

Materials:

1. Choose correct word to fill in the space.
*marshland: low watery ground
*plains: large area of water surrounded by ground
*lake: large area of water surrounded by ground

2. Draw dinosaur disguising it with it's surroundings. Colour background.

3. Paste sheets in Dinosaur book

*camouflage: disguise, conceal by matching something to it's surroundings.

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7. Dotty Dinosaur

Materials:

1. Join the dots. Colour.

2. Read all the information on the sheet.
Answer these questions in your Dinosaur book ( in sentences)

a) What did duck-billed dinsoarus eat?
b) What is the smallest dinosaur?
c) How long was a stegosaurus?
d) How many metres underground were the Iguanadon bones found?
e) How big was a stegosaurus' brain?

3. Paste sheet in Dinosaur book

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8. Dinosaur Fossils

Materials:

1. Bones make up the skeleton of the body. Many fossils are identified by the bones.

In the Dinosaur Reference Books, find pictures of
a) Apatosaurus
b) Triceratops
c) Dimetrodon
d) Tyrannasaurus

Match the picture with the skeletons on Activity sheets 8 a, 8b

2. Draw the skin on each fossil. Fill the gaps.

3. Paste sheet in Dinosaur book

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9. Ankylosaurus

Materials:

1. Find Dinosaur Reference books with information about the Ankylosaurus dinosaurs in them.

2. Write at least half a page of information about the Ankylosaurus including - food, environment, habits, description, enemies, and so on in your donsaur book.

3. Colour in the picture of the Ankylosaurus, cut out and paste in Dinosaur Book on same page as your written information .

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10. Colour Brontosaurus by Number

Materials:

  1. 1. Colour Brontosaurus using the colour code:
    2 - black
    3 - green
    4 - brown
    5 - orange

2. Cut out Brontosaurus and write heading.

3. Paste into your Dinosaur Book.

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11. Who Am I

Materials:

  1. Read information for each clue. Find out answere for each question- Who am 1?
  2. Write name of dinosaur and draw under each clue.
  3. Cut into individual pages.
  4. Design front cover for 'Dinosaur. Who Am I?' book
  5. Staple pages together

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12. Pentceratops

Materials:

  1. Colour in the dinosaur with coloured pencils
  2. Write name of dinosaur in your Dinosaur Book.
  3. Write down why you think the dinosaur was called Pentceratops.
  4. Paste sheet in Dinosaur book
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13. Dinosaur Dig

Materials:

  1. Read the instructions on Activity Sheet 13a
  2. Colour squares using the letter and number cludes to make a dinosaur
  3. Paste Activity Sheet No 13b in your Dinosaur Book.
  4. Return Activity Sheet No 13a to file

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14. Scolosaurus Maths

Materials:

  1. Add the equations (sums) on the Scolosaurus
  2. Colour Scolosaurus by the answers.
    The code uses: green, brown, orange and yellow
  3. Cut out the Scolosaurus and write heading into Dinosaur book. Paste Scolosaurus on same page.

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15. Stegosaurus

Materials:

  1. Find Dinosaur Reference books with information about Stegosaurus Dinosaurs in them.
  2. Write at least half a page of information about the Stegosaurus including, food, environment, habits, description, enemies and so on in your Dinosaur Book.
  3. Colour in the picture of the Stegosaurus, cut out and paste in Dinosaur Book on same pages as the your written information.

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16. Australian Dinosaurs

Materials:

  1. Read Activity Sheet No 16a about the Allosaurus, twice.
  2. Answer questions on Activity Sheet No 16b.
  3. Complete Alphabetical order for "Just for Fun"
  4. Colour the Picture.
  5. Paste Activity sheet no 16b into your dinosaur book.
  6. Return Acitvity Sheet No 16a to the file
  7. Look at the Muttaburrasaurus on Worksheet 5

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17. What Do You Think

Materials:

  1. Read information on Activity Sheet No 17
  2. Write the sound
  3. Colour the picture.
  4. Paste sheet in Dinosaur book

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18. Elasmosaurus

Materials:

  1. Read Activity Sheet No 18a about the Elasmosaurus, twice.
  2. Answer questions on Activity Sheet No 18b.
  3. Complete the drawing for "Just for Fun".
  4. Paste Activity Sheet No 18b in Dinosaur book.
  5. Return Activity sheet No 18a to the file.

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19. Tyrannosaurus Teeth

Materials:

  1. Read Activity Sheet No 19a about the Tyrannosaurus, twice.
  2. Answer questions on Activity Sheet No 19b.
  3. Measure your toothbrush at home, to answer " Just for Fun".
  4. Colour in the Tyrannosaurus.
  5. Paste Activity Sheet No 19b in Dinosaur book.
  6. Return Activity sheet No 19a to the file.

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20. Dinosaur Crossword

Materials:

  1. Read all across and down clues on Activity Sheet No 20a
  2. Fill in answers using the word list in Activity Sheet No 20a onto Activity Sheet No 20b
  3. Cut out dinosaur crossword and paste into your Dinosaur Book/
  4. Return Activity Sheet No 20a to the file.

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21. Trachodon

Materials:

  1. Read Activity Sheet No 21a about the Trachodon, twice.
  2. Make a Tangram dinosaur from Activity Sheet 21b. You can colour it in before you assemble it. Display your herd of dinosaurs around the room.
  3. Paste Activity Sheet No 21a in Dinosaur Book.

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22. Dinosaur Maze

Materials:

  1. Read information on Activity Sheet No 22.
  2. Complete maze.
  3. Colour sheet.
  4. Paste sheet in Dinosaur Book

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23. Dinosaur writing and Spelling

Materials:

  1. Using the words on Activity Sheet 23b fill in the gaps in Activity sheet 23a.
  2. Paste the Activity sheet 23a into your Dinosaur Book.
  3. Return Activity Sheet 23a to your teacher.

 

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24. Design a Dinosaur

Materials:

  1. Read the Design a Dinosaur worksheet to two people and the teacher.
  2. Design a dinosaur on the poster paper
  3. Colour in the dinosaur and paste into your Dinosaur book
  4. Give your dinosaur a designer name for eg.
    " Dotty Dorothy" the Dinosaur
  5. Write down the design features of your dinosaur; for example colour, patterns, textures and so on.

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25. Dinosaur Playdough

Materials:

Specialist Equipment: oven to bake dinosaurs

  1. Read information on activity Sheet No 25 twice
  2. Follow the instructions.
  3. Display dinosaurs around the room.

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Extensions

Arts

Art: Student work in groups of four to construct a Papier Mache Dinosaur based on their research.

Graphics: Dinosaur logos and badges for "Dinosaur Week" or Ecology related week.

Science

Students research various types of dinosaurs See the science dinosaur lesson ideas.


References

This Thematic set of lessons on Dinosaurs was developed by primary teachers. A special thanks to Keryn and Colin Smith for their class notes.

Chirinin H., Quinn, K: First Impression Dinosaurs, Watermill Press,Mahwah, NJ, 1990

Hall, H., Dinosaurs Theme Packs for Lower Primary, RIC Publications 1980

Jurassic Park Trace and Colour, Budget Books, 1993

Osband, G., Allen J.,The Dinosaur Fun Book, Scholastic Publications, London, 1986

Razzi J., Fun with Dinosaurs, Scholastic Inc, Sydney,1987

 

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