Barnum’s Bones

Related Activities & Book Talk Teasers

Study guide for Barnum’s Bones:
http://www.traceyfern.com/BBteachersguide.pdf

Online paleontology activity:
http://paleobiology.si.edu/dinosaurs/interactives/dig/dinodig.html

Online puzzle and quizzes:
http://dsc.discovery.com/dinosaurs/dinosaur-games/dinosaur-games.html

T. Rex online, printable and project activities:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/dinos/trex/Trexactivities.shtml

Online dinosaur games:
http://www.kidsdinos.com/dinosaur-games/index.php

PBS library of teaching videos for kids about dinosaurs (click through the pages to find the right subject and grade level for your students):
http://klrn.pbslearningmedia.org/content/#q=dinosaurs&page=1&per_page=20

Download Junior Paleontologist Activity Booklet:  http://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/jrpaleo.cfm

Two videos: “How do you become a paleontologist?” which mentions Barnum Brown (3:30 minutes), and a song, “I am a paleontologist” (2:58 minutes) (Scroll down):
http://www.squidoo.com/paleontology-for-kids

“Life has a history” unit:
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explorations/tours/intro/guideb/index.php

Dinosaur word search (printable):
http://partysupplieshut.com/word-search/dinosaur-word-search.gif

Stegosaurus maze (printable):
http://www.printactivities.com/Mazes/Shape_Mazes/Dinosaur-Maze-2.html

Make a dinosaur cake:
http://www.squidoo.com/dinosaur-cake#module119114121

Possible field trips:

A fossil hunt at a fossil-rich site, such as a road cut:
http://www.txroadrunners.com/rockhoundpages/TexasRockHuntingSites/TexasRockAndFossilSites.htm

A visit to actual dinosaur tracks if you have any nearby:
http://www.beg.utexas.edu/UTopia/dinosaur/dino_where.html

A visit to related museum exhibit nearby:
http://www.dinodatabase.com/dinowhre.asp

Set up geology stations or do a geology lab:

A table with rocks (or pictures of rocks) to identify (You might be able to get some of these from a flooring store which might have broken tiles they could give you.):
http://geology.about.com/od/rocks/a/Rock-Tables.htm

https://www.etap.org/demo/grade4_science/lesson5/instructiontutor_last.html

http://geology.com/rocks/

A table with fossils (or pictures of fossils) to identify:
http://www.texasrockshop.com/texasfossils.html

http://www.texasrockshop.com/fossils/texas_id.html

http://www.paleoportal.org/index.php?globalnav=time_space&sectionnav=state&name=texas

A table with pictures of dinosaurs to identify:
http://www.search4dinosaurs.com/

Book Talk Teasers

Read front cover flap and perhaps discuss the children’s favorite dinosaurs or whether any of the children plan to become paleontologists.

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