The Early Years: If You Were a Dinosaur…by: Peggy Ashbrook

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Dinosaurs are one of those science topics that draw children in and teach them about concepts like measuring and using descriptive language. Learning about dinosaurs, although not hands-on like observing and recording caterpillar growth, develops critical thinking and introduces animal diversity and the relations between body form and function. Learning about the characteristics of organisms and about fossils is part of the National Science Education Standards for life science and Earth and space science (NRC 1996).

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  • on Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:30 PM

Young kids are fascinated with dinosaurs and often know more about them than animals that are alive today. The author guides the teacher with questions to ask to get the children talking about these creatures using descriptive language and concepts of measurement. With students drawings children are encouraged to describe form and function of these exciting beasts.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:38 AM

As this article suggests, it is best to start out a dinosaur unit by letting the students tell you what they know about dinosaurs. I did this once with a kindergartener and he knew so much about dinosaurs he could have taught the class! It is amazing what kids know about dinos and how much interest they have! This article gives several activities to do during a dino unit.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Mon May 09, 2011 2:45 PM

This article offers several suggestions for engaging young students to learn about dinosaurs by imagining "if you were a dinosaur". While this article does contain good ideas, it lacks examples of implementing the ideas in a classroom setting. The article does include a sample lesson plan, but the lesson is not directly related to the activities included in the article, which is somewhat confusing.

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)

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