4. Griffin Dinosaur Experience Educator Toolkit

The Griffin Dinosaur Experience provides students with multiple encounters throughout the Museum to investigate one of the most diverse, widespread, and long-lived groups of animals ever to walk the Earth. Using the Educator Toolkit back in the classroom, students can dive deeper into themes of geological history and its impact on the unity and diversity of life on Earth. Stay tuned for additional lessons and components coming in 2019.

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This modular toolkit allows the educator to choose individual lessons and activities to augment and enrich the curriculum.

Upper Elementary 3rd–5th Grade

How are dinosaurs related?

Dinosaur Family Tree | Árbol des Genealógico de los Dinosaurios

Students examine dinosaur forms to identify similarities and differences in their features, construct a system of classification based on their observations, and students test their classification system with additional “newly discovered” dinosaurs.

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How did life in Antarctica change over time?

Rise of Dinosaurs | Surgimiento de los Dinosaurios

Students work together to analyze data from a mock fossil dig to determine the differences and similarities between multiple fossil dig sites; then draw conclusions about what the differences can tell them about the relationship between the dig sites.

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Middle School 6th–8th Grade

How do we know the Earth under our feet is moving?

Plate Motions Past and Present | Tectónica de placas Pasado y Presente

By analyzing and interpreting data about the structures of the Earth’s crust and the fossil record, students gain an understanding of the data that indicate tectonic plate movement. Students then use the data as evidence to support a claim about the motions of Earth’s tectonic plates in the past. 

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Acknowledgements

The Educator Toolkit is part of the Griffin Dinosaur Experience, made possible by the generous support of the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund.