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Dinosaur Discovery

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore the careers of paleontologists and scientific illustrators and learn about various types of dinosaurs. They will imagine their own species of dinosaur, create a model of it through paper sculpting techniques, and design an informative exhibit of their work.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will explore the careers of paleontologists and scientific illustrators.

Students will learn about different types of dinosaurs: bipedal, quadruped, herbivore, omnivore, carnivore.

Students will illustrate a new species of dinosaur.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Discuss the careers of paleontologists and scientific illustrators.
  • Introduce the different types of dinosaurs: bipedal, quadruped, herbivore, omnivore, carnivore.
  • Guide students in imagining and illustrating a new species of dinosaur.
  • Demonstrate how to use drawing tools and paper sculpting techniques to create a sculpture of a dinosaur and its habitat.

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National Standards


Create

Elaborate on an imaginative idea.

VA:Cr1.1.3a

Elaborate visual information by adding details in an artwork to enhance emerging meaning.

VA:Cr3.1.3a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

1 hour

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Tagboard
  • Drawing tools: pencil, crayons, markers, colored pencils
  • Eraser
  • Glue
  • Scissors

National Standards


Create

Elaborate on an imaginative idea.

VA:Cr1.1.3a

Elaborate visual information by adding details in an artwork to enhance emerging meaning.

VA:Cr3.1.3a

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Steps

Explore Dinosaurs & Related Careers

Discuss the roles of paleontologists and scientific illustrators. Introduce different types of dinosaurs.

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Instructional Materials

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Discovering Dinosaurs

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Paleontologist’s Field Notes

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Dinosaur Body Templates

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Dinosaur Fact Sheet

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Scientific Illustration

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