Activity Works

A prehistoric adventure through time

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How many dinosaurs can you name?

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Dinosaur Discovery

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An Era of Giants

(there were 3 eras, actually)

Dinosaurs lived on Earth for more than 250 million years. They came in all shapes and sizes, and there were boy dinosaurs and girl dinosaurs.

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What a mouthful!
What a mouthful!

T-Rex could swallow 500 pounds of meat in one bite

USA! USA!
USA! USA!

More species of dinosaurs have been found in the United States than in any other country.

Dentists Beware...
Dentists Beware...

Some dinosaurs had more than 1,000 teeth.

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lesson plan lesson plan

Overview

Science

Students will journey back millions of years ago to the Mesozoic Era and experience the many dinosaurs that roamed the Earth. While dodging some of these amazing predators, students will discover their physical characteristics and preferred diets. Students will learn the difference between herbivores and carnivores and will also be able to explain when these fascinating creatures lived on Earth.

Lesson

The Creatures of the Mesozoic Era

National Standard(s) Addressed:

#4 Life Science

Understand the characteristics, life cycles, and environment of organisms.

Goals

Performance

Students will identify different species of dinosaurs.

Cognitive

Students will distinguish between herbivores and carnivores.

Affective

Students will appreciate learning about dinosaurs and will discover that science is fun. 

Pre-Teach Vocabulary

  • HerbivoreAn animal that only eats plant matter.
  • CarnivoreAn animal that only eats meat.
  • Piscivore: An animal that primarily feeds on fish.
  • PredatorAn animal that hunts and feeds on other animals.
  • Mesozoic EraA time period of 252 to 66 million years ago during which dinosaurs roamed the Earth! This “Era” is known as “The Age  of Reptiles”. The Mesozoic Era is divided into the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods.

 Activate Prior Knowledge

Using visual aids (Large Cut-Out Pictures, Computer images, etc.), ask students to identify some of the most popular dinosaurs. Brainstorm a list of the dinosaurs on the board. Prompt students to describe the different characteristics of the dinosaurs and when they lived. Discuss what the Earth was like when the dinosaurs lived here. In addition, ask students to share any experiences they have had at a museum viewing dinosaur bones or other displays. 

Assess and Think Critically

Ask students to recall the dinosaurs they saw during their trip back to the Mesozoic Era. Discuss what species of dinosaurs were new to them and what characteristics they possessed. Have students generate the definitions for herbivore and carnivore and see if they can correctly categorize some of the dinosaurs they mentioned. 

Overview

Physical Education

Students will journey back millions of years ago to the Mesozoic Era and experience the many dinosaurs that roamed the Earth. While dodging some of these amazing predators, students will discover their physical characteristics and preferred diets. Students will learn the difference between herbivores and carnivores and will also be able to explain when these fascinating creatures lived on Earth.

Lesson

Aerobic and Anaerobic Activities

National Standard(s) Addressed:

#2 Movement Concepts

Applies movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills.

#6 Values Physical Activity

Understands that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, health, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

Goals

Performance

Students will perform aerobic activities.

Cognitive

Students will distinguish between aerobic and anaerobic activities. 

Affective

Students will value different kinds of exercise. 

Pre-Teach Vocabulary

  • Aerobic Activity -Exercises that can be sustained for a relatively long period of time that strengthen the heart and lungs and improve the body’s use of oxygen. Oxygen is provided to the muscles through aerobic activity.
  • Anaerobic Activity – A strenuous, short duration exercise in which not enough Oxygen can be provided to the muscles. Anaerobic activity results in strengthened muscles.
  • Lactic Acid – Lactic acid is a liquid produced in the muscles after anaerobic activity. Large amounts of this acid are what make our muscles feel “sore” following a strenuouswork out.

Activate Prior Knowledge

Brainstorm different kinds of exercise with students and list these on the board (walking, push-ups, jogging, sprinting, swimming, lifting weights, skipping, rowing, dancing, etc.). Explain to students that some types of exercise can be performed for long periods of time, while others are so intense that they can only be performed for very short periods of time. Explain how your body cannot provide enough oxygen to the muscles to perform certain activities for a long period of time

Assess and Think Critically

Talk about the types of exercises that students performed today. Have students classify these as aerobic or anaerobic. Since all of the activities completed in Activity Works are aerobic, ask students to mention some examples of anaerobic activity (pull-ups, gymnastics, sit-ups, rope climbing, etc.). Ask students if they think the dinosaurs completed anaerobic activity when hunting. Further discuss the importance of exercise with students and have students mention what their favorite exercises are and why. Classify these as aerobic or anaerobic.