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Tami O'Connorby Tami G. O’Connor

As elementary school teachers, we are expected to help our students become scientifically literate (among many other things), but let’s face it:  too often we have limited time for science instruction during the school day.  Still, we know that kids just love science!  They’re always eager to learn more about the world around them, especially when the material is taught in fun and creative ways.

But what can we do when our science teaching time is so limited in school?  How do you get students involved in scientific discovery outside the classroom?  Sure, you can give them homework, but many kids find simply reading about science unappealing.  You want your students to LOVE learning more about science… not dread it.

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Fossils and Dinosaurs Discussion Starters


Discussion Starters - Educational Innovations NewsletterIt’s easy to start a discussion about fossils and paleontology:  just ask your students to name their favorite dinosaurs.  Everybody’s got one!

Depending upon the grade(s) you teach, your discussion may revolve around characteristics and classification of specific dinosaurs, the concept of extinction, the field of paleontology, or much more.  We’ve amassed a wealth of links and ideas that we’re sure will help you get your class excited about learning more.  So… start digging!

If you have any ideas for new discussion starters on this topic, you’re invited to share with us in the comments section below.

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Fossils and Dinosaurs TV


EI TV - Educational Innovations BlogAn astonishing amount of information can be learned from fossilized bones that are millions of years old, but what about the many questions that we can’t know for sure?  How fast did dinosaurs move?  Did any species have feathers?  Who picks the names of newly-discovered species?  We may not have any living specimens around to observe, but there are hundreds of excellent videos that share information about what dino life might have been like.

If you find a video that you’d like to share with us, please leave a comment!

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Fossils and Dinosaurs Lesson


Lesson - Educational Innovations BlogAt Educational Innovations, we love helping teachers come up with new, exciting ways to explore science topics with their students.  And let’s face it, what child doesn’t love dinosaurs and fossils?

The fact is, there are just so many ways to bring this subject into the classroom that we couldn’t decide on a single lesson that would appeal to all students and teachers.  Luckily, the “interwebs” are chockful of excellent lesson ideas.

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Fossils and Dinosaurs in the News


Dinosaurs may be extinct, but our fascination with them is alive and well!  There seems to be a never-ending stream of new fossil discoveries around the globe, often leading to new species being named.  It’s an exciting time to be an archaeologist, paleontologist, or just a “plain” dinosaur lover!

Read on for some interesting news reports related to dinosaurs and fossils.  Let us know if you find an article you’d like us to post!

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