Dinosaurs and Fossils - FREE

Block F - Dinosaur Species

Become an enthusiastic, expert palaeontologist! Learn about the fascinating creatures that inhabited the Earth and study the main epochs of fossils. Investigate famous 18th Century palaeontologists Mary Anning and William Buckland. Explore fossil footprints and fossils humans, ice age creatures and their fossils. Study dinosaurs, their eggs, behaviour and extinction. Learn about Darwin and the amazing story of evolution.

Learn about the species of the Mesozoic Era with very practical and engaging activities. Reconstruct a dinosaur by adding clay to a dinosaur skeleton, make a Dino-family jigsaw, take part in an animal survival game, make a 3D Mesozoic timeline showing the three main eras and populate each section with pictures of the correct dinosaur species.

This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Flesh it out!

Learn about how palaeoartists reconstruct dinosaurs from fossils and try it yourself!

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02: Dino families

Learn about the main family groups of dinosaurs and make a Dino-family jigsaw.

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03: The survival game

Investigate dinosaurs and their environments, understand how they would have competed for resources and take part in an animal survival game.

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04: 3D Mesozoic Timeline Part 1

Find out about the three main periods of the Mesozoic Era and portray their landscapes and vegetation in a 3D model.

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05: 3D Mesozoic Timeline Part 2

Populate your model of the Mesozoic Era with pictures of the correct dinosaur species living in each of the three periods.