Environmental Science Activities Manual: K-2
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GRADE: ESAM: K-2
CONTENT STANDARD: Life Science
CONTENT TOPIC: Animals
CONCEPT: Animals are living things with specific needs and characteristics.
CONTENT OBJECTIVE: E6.00 To develop an awareness of animals of long ago
INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES: The learner will:
6.01 define dinosaurs.
6.02 describe the characteristics of plant-eater and meat-eater.
6.03 compare and contrast meat and plant eater.
Two instructional periods
OUTLINE OF CONTENT:
I. Define dinosaurs
II. Characteristics of dinosaurs
III. Contrast meat-eaters and plant-eaters
TN COMPONENT OF SCIENCE: Process of Science
To enable students to demonstrate the process of science by posing
questions and investigating phenomena through language, methods and
instruments of science.
1.2 QUESTIONING - The development of an inquisitive mind and the
effective use of questioning techniques furthers the acquisition of information.
TN STANDARD(S): The learner will understand that:
1.2a Initial information and prior knowledge are used to ask questions.
BENCHMARK: Students have natural curiosity causing them to raise questions about the world around them.
1.2b Questions may be structured so that they can be investigated scientifically.
BENCHMARK: Students will seek answers to questions by making careful observations.
1.2c Not all questions can be answered.
BENCHMARK: Some events are predictable while others are uncertain.
Books on dinosaurs, pictures of dinosaurs, art paper and writing paper
Everyone has heard of dinosaurs - those huge, strange looking beasts that lived a long time ago. Look at this animal's picture. What is the animal? We have been studying animals that eat green plants and manufacture food. Do you think this animal ate green plants? (response) Yes, most of the dinosaurs did eat green plants. There were many different kinds of dinosaurs a long, long time ago. The word DINOSAUR means terrible lizard". The dinosaur is considered a PREHISTORIC ANIMAL. These animals do not live today. Where might we see a dinosaur today? (Books, museums) Only in museums do we see their skeletons; in books and on film we may see pictures drawn to look like different kinds of dinosaurs.
Some of the dinosaurs were terrible and ferocious. Others were said to be quiet and peaceful. The dinosaurs that were meat eaters had large jaws and sharp teeth. Those that ate plants had longer, thinner necks and smaller heads and flat teeth. The dinosaurs were much larger than animals we know that live today.
(Use different animal pictures.) I want you to look at the different animal pictures and compare the dinosaur with the other animals in size. Match the name and characteristics with the dinosaur.
(Write the letters T.L. on the board) The letters "T.L." stand for TERRIBLE LIZARD. A dinosaur has been called a "terrible lizard." Whisper to your neighbor some of the things you have learned about dinosaurs.
I have a number of books about these animals of long, long ago. We know about these animals because of their fossils and the people who have dug up their bones and reassembled them. I want you to look at the books that I have placed on the book rack for you to look at and find things about dinosaurs that interest you. (Give time for students to draw pictures of favorite and share learned findings with class).
A New Book For Fossils by Allan Roberts.
Read A bout Dinosaurs and Other First Animals by Morris.
Amazing World Dinosaurs by Granger Ford.
The Wonderful Egg by Ipcar.
Wonder Starters Dinosaurs Wonder Books.
The Big-Little Dinosaur by Geis and Jones/Wonder Books.
The Tyrannosaurus Game by Knoll and DePaola.
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