Enjoy working as a palaeontologist – dig up the past and enter the age of dinosaurs! Discover how fossils are used to inform us about how dinosaurs survived and adapted for over 174 million years.

Dinosaurs capture the imagination of young and old and are a fantastic way to teach the key scientific concept of function relies on form.

In this fun online learning session, students work like palaeontologists as we explore how fossil evidence informs our scientific understanding of life in this incredible period of history on our planet. Students explore a variety of dinosaur fossils to identify special features/adaptations and make inferences about their diet, appearance, behaviour and origin of their name.

Apply your understanding and choose one or all of the activities to dig up your backyard and discover and name your very own new species of dinosaur!

Learning intention:
We are learning about using the features of dinosaur fossils to understand more about how dinosaurs lived and survived.

Success criteria:

  • I can describe types of fossils and the role of a palaeontologist
  • I can explain that dinosaurs grow, change and have offspring like themselves
  • I can group dinosaurs by their observable features
  • I can identify structural features and adaptations that help dinosaurs to survive in their environment


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