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In this paleontology activity, learners explore the system behind dinosaur nomenclature. They learn that dinosaur names are created using Greek and Latin roots and determine some of the special features of several dinosaurs by studying the roots in their names. They will then create a name tag for themselves using Greek and Latin roots.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • paper features (footprint, egg, head, tooth)
  • 18-24 inches of yarn
  • permanent markers
  • Printout of dinosaur prefixes and roots (at end of document)
  • bin to hold materials


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Dinosaurs
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Classification


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access



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