Dinosaur Skull and Body Length Predictions

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In this activity (located on page 2 of PDF under GPS: Baby Dinosaurs Activity), learners will look for a relationship between skull size and body length among various dinosaurs. Starting from a list of dinosaur measurements, learners will compare dinosaur sizes to common objects and create a chart that plots body length against skull length to see if the data predicts other dinosaurs' length from skull size. Relates to the linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Baby Dinosaurs.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • a dinosaur measurement chart (page 2 of PDF)
  • a metric tape measure (10 meter)
  • access to household items ranging in size from 10 cm to 2 meters
  • paper
  • pencils


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Archeology
      • Fossils
      • Dinosaurs
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
      • Probability
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • DragonflyTV


  • All rights reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., 2007

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 610429