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A Dinosaur Unit Study - Lesson 11
reprinted with permission
Here is lesson eleven in Cheryl Lazarus' wonderful unit study on dinosaurs.
Book: Dry Bones and other Fossils
Bucket or pitcher (for water)
Small plastic dinosaurs
Open with prayer - and read the new memory verse together:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:1-5
Have the children copy the new verse on their Scripture page. (Younger children may write one verse adding the other verses over the next 4 days.) Check for errors. Say the verse together again.
Read chapter 1 of Dry bones and Other Fossils. Each child should read aloud a section (sentences, paragraph or page) as he/she is able.
Ask the children if they know what a fossil is and how it is made. Write the word "fossil" on the chalkboard and have the children look up the word "fossil" in the dictionary. Add the word to the vocabulary page.
Go outside to your dirt mountain and bring your mini dinosaurs. Ask what happened to the dinosaurs that didn't go on to the ark with Noah. Make a really tall mountain this time and place the dinosaurs around the base and some on the mountain. Some say that a comet hit the earth - throw a big rock into the mountain as hard as you can and have the children write down what happened. Repair the mountain and take a bucket or a pitcher full of water and dump it on the mountain - what happened? Have the children write it down. Flatten out an area in your mountain and try to recreate a flash flood - what happens to the dinosaur models? What if the dinosaurs just died from hunger or illness, what would happen? Have the children act it out. (The dinosaurs would lay on the ground and eventually turn back to dust; i.e. no fossils would be formed.) Allow them to repeat the experiments, try different scenarios and play with the dinosaurs for a while.
After you are done playing in the dirt - come back in and have the children narrate their hypothesis of what happened to the dinosaurs to you. Print this on the word processor for them, or write it at the bottom of a new page of paper for them and ask them to make a picture that helps explain their hypothesis. When they are done, have them read the page to you. Put the new page into their book.
Read the new memory verse together again. What does "comprehended" mean? Children look it up in the dictionary and add it to their vocabulary page.
On to LESSON 12