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Supersize That Dinosaur


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    Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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Supersize That Dinosaur

In this activity, learners explore the size and scale of dinosaurs. Learners listen to "The Littlest Dinosaurs" by Bernard Most. Then, learners estimate the size of a Triceratops and T. rex by measuring and comparing the dinosaurs to known objects. Learners also use a hallway or go outdoors to create a full-size depiction of scale of the dinosaurs by predicting and measuring how many learners would have to lie across the ground head to foot to match the size of the two dinosaurs. This activity is featured on page 18 of the "Dinosphere" unit of study for K-2 learners.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Dinosaurs
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
    • Problem Solving
    • Reasoning and Proof
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Literature
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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  • All Rights Reserved, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, ©2004

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