Investigating Science With Dinosaurs

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Dinosaurs are every students fascination. Reproducible, hands-on activities give students the opportunity to experience how the scientific process works and how scientists form and test conclusions. Students build and employ skills in analysis, drawing, measuring, graphing, and arithmetic; exercise research and library skills to acquire data necessary to complete the activities; and apply critical-thinking skills to extrapolate from the known to the unknown-the fundamental process that makes science work. Grades 4-12.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563080081
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Age range: 9 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

CRAIG A. MUNSART is a secondary science teacher with Jefferson County Schools in Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Nature of Science and Scientists
1 How Science Works 3
2 Interpreting Evidence 7
Activity: How Many Horns Are There? 7
Activity: What Is It? (Stegosaurus) 14
Pt. 2 Investigating Dinosaurs
3 What Is a Dinosaur? 19
Activity: Which Is More Efficient? 22
Activity: Charting the Dinosaurs 25
Activity: Books Can Be Wrong 28
4 Bigger Than You Think 31
Activity: They Can Be Really Big 31
5 It's an Iguanaroo? 43
Activity: Why Did He Think It Was So Big? 44
Activity: Kangaroo? 49
6 What's in a Name? 53
Activity: What Does It Look Like? 56
Activity: Dictionary Search 57
7 'Dem Bones' 59
Activity: Bone Assembly 64
Activity: Life-Size Skeletons 76
8 Dinosaur Architecture 87
Activity: Arches Everywhere 87
Activity: Neck and Tail Tales 91
Activity: The Angle Makes It Easy 94
Activity: Counterbalance 100
Activity: Moment to Moment 102
9 Feet Feats 105
Activity: How Did They Do That? 106
Activity: Trackway Interpretation 107
Activity: How Fast Did They Do That? 110
Activity: Did They Walk, Trot, or Run? 113
Activity: Can We Tell How Big They Were? 119
Activity: How Fast Did They Move? 122
10 The Eyes Have It 127
Activity: Where Do Your Eyes Look? 130
Activity: What the Eyes Reveal 132
Activity: Seeing Like the Dinosaurs 133
11 Brachiosaur Factory 137
Activity: Different Teeth for Different Jobs 139
Activity: How Do We Do It? 142
12 How to Beat the Heat 145
Activity: Blood Temperature 146
Pt. 3 Investigating Dinosaur Worlds
13 Its Age Is Relative 155
Activity: Relative Measurement 155
Activity: How Do They Connect? 156
14 How Old Is It - Really? 163
Activity: It's Written in the Trees 166
Activity: Half-Life Can Tell It All 172
15 The Restless Plates 179
Activity: A 100-Million-Year-Old Puzzle 182
Activity: Define a Continent 188
16 Windows to the Past 191
Activity: What's Found Where? 192
Activity: Where Can I See the Sea? 193
17 Where Are They Now? 203
Activity: What If? 211
Activity: Is It Too Late to Help? 214
Activity: The Great Debate 215
18 Strut Your Stuff 217
Appendix A: Activity Summary Chart 220
Appendix B: Fossils 223
Appendix C: Geologic Time 225
Appendix D: Pronunciation Guide to Extinct Animals Named in the Text 227
Glossary 229
Bibliography 231
Index 241
About the Author 249
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