CATEGORY: 3-4, STEMLinc

My Little Dino

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

STEMLinc Video Conference: “I always wanted my very own dinosaur.  Then my parents found one for me deep in an Australian mine!”  Explore some extra dimensions of this short storybook written by child author Leaellyn Rich and discover how palaeontologists reconstructed one new Australian dinosaur by digging for fossil remains.  Students will use art to explore the adaptations of an Australian dinosaur and dig through the layers of time to uncover fossil secrets along the Victorian coastline.

Year Level: 3-4

Duration: 1 hour

 STEM in a box:

You will receive hands-on printed materials and a teacher’s guide for this session.

Background Information:

Dinosaur Cove is located near Warnambool on Victoria’s shipwreck coast.  It is home to a recent dig site where new species of Australian dinosaurs were unearthed.  Follow the true story of one child’s involvement in this process as she assisted her Palaeontologist parents to make her dream come true.

Prior Knowledge:

No prior knowledge needed.

Learning Intentions:

In this program students will:

  • Determine how environmental factors can affect adaptations.

Activities:

In this program students will:

  • Reconstruct a dinosaur’s appearance based on a fossilized skeleton
  • Discuss the habitat and features of the Leaellynasaura
  • Sequence soil layers in time
  • Discuss how environmental factors affect adaptations

Victorian Curriculum:

Science – Biological sciences

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)
  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and their environment to survive (VCSSU058)

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