Dinosaur Names

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Link to Resource: https://ucmp.berkeley.edu/fosrec/MunGun4.html
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Organization:University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
Summary:"Many large words that are used every day are made up of small, pieces of words called roots or combining forms. The roots come from other languages like Greek and Latin and, when combined, form common English words. The names of dinosaurs are formed the same way. Although they often seem to be merely long strings of random letters designed by scientists specifically to be difficult to pronounce, the names of the animals are combinations of word roots that always describe something about the animal. The combining forms which produce dinosaur names come from the languages of Greek and Latin. Not coincidentally many of those same forms are found in everyday words in English: corrugated cardboard (L, corrugat-), dinner plate (G, platy-). In the following activity, students will appreciate how descriptive dinosaur names are formed. In this activity students will use multiple combining forms added to the suffix """"-saurus"""" (Greek for lizard) to form the name of a """"dinosaur"""" which they will then draw."
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 2; Big Idea 6
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:LS4.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:3-LS4-2; MS-LS4-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Patterns
Subjects: 6-8; dinosaur; elementary school; fossil; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; k-6; k-8; middle school
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