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A Dinosaur Unit Study - Lesson 11
reprinted with permission
Here is lesson ten in Cheryl Lazarus' wonderful unit study on dinosaurs.
Markers or crayons and colored pencils
Pictures of shells in the desert and/or mountaintops
Outline map of the world
Open with prayer - and read the memory verse together (even if the children have it memorized now):
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth…. Genesis 1:21a
Begin by talking about the experiment from lesson nine. Pass out the construction paper, scissors, glue and markers. Tell the children to create a picture of the flood from what they learned yesterday. Re-read Genesis 7:11 while they begin. They may want to start by making a circle (globe) and let their imaginations work on from there.
While they are working on their project, talk with them about seashells. Seashells have been found in places far, far away from the ocean. They have been found all over the world in the deserts and high on mountaintops. How do they think they got there? When their project is done you may want to show them pictures of shells on the desert floors or mountaintops. These are easily found on the Internet, or check out a book from the Library.
Bring out the globe and ask who remembers where the Mid-Oceanic (or Mid-Atlantic) Drift is. Who remembers where we live? Where is the USA? Pass out the map outlines. Have them find the same places on their map outline. Ask them to trace around the border of the USA in brown and around the North America border in green. Explain to the children what a map legend is and show them an example from another map. Have them look closely at the Mid-Atlantic Drift and the continents on either side of it on the globe. See if they can determine where it should be drawn on their map outline by comparing the shapes of the continents and have them draw it in dark blue. When they are done have them write at the bottom of the map "Mid-Atlantic Drift", in the same colored pencil. This is the first part of their map legend.
Have them make a dot in some of the areas around the world where seashells have been found (where they really shouldn't be, such as in the mountains of Italy, Michigan, the deserts in California and Kansas). Have them make these dots in yellow and in yellow at the bottom of their page write "seashells found" for their legend.
Review all vocabulary words.
Have the children write something about seashells in the desert and/or mountains. Teacher reviews writing and explains errors. When work is error free enter into their book.
Review and practice all spelling words.
Have children share what they have learned today with someone.
On to LESSON 11