Evolution of Dinosaurs

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Link to Resource: http://www.agiweb.org/education/aapg/invest/invest8.html
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
K 1 2 3
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Summary:The study of dinosaurs stretches children's imaginations, provides new perspectives on time and space, and invites students to discover worlds very different from our modern Earth. The study of dinosaurs is important in understanding the causes of past major extinctions of land animals. In this investigation, students will make basic observations about specific traits of dinosaurs and discuss how those traits suited dinosaurs to their environments. Students will demonstrate an understanding about different kinds of dinosaurs by identifying key features of each dinosaur and being able to explain how that attribute is an adaptation to their environment.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 2
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:LS4.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:3-LS3-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
Subjects: dinosaur; elementary school; fossil; k-3; k-5 geosource
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