Our Dinosaurs lesson plan includes a variety of general information, including when and where dinosaurs lived, and other common characteristics of dinosaurs. Types of dinosaurs are also explored, with some facts about specific dinosaurs. During this lesson, students are asked to work with a partner to create a “new” dinosaur which has characteristics of other dinosaurs but also some new characteristics; students are then asked to justify their choices (for example, answering why it needs a long vs short neck or what kind of food it eats) and present their finished dinosaur to the class, strengthening their presentation skills. Students are also asked to match facts to the dinosaur it matches.
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define dinosaur, summarize characteristics of dinosaurs, identify several kinds of dinosaurs, and tell when/where they lived.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4