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Animals Through Time    Mystery 2

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How do we know what dinosaurs looked like?

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Discuss: When scientists look at the bones of a dinosaur, why do you think they decided the outside of a dinosaur looks like a lizard rather than a furry animal or a feathered animal?

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Discuss: What do you think--does a dinosaur skull look more like that of a furry animal, or more like the skull of a scaly lizard? Why do you think so?

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Discuss: What part of the dinosaur’s body do you think this might have been?

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Discuss:

Based on what you’ve just learned, summarize why scientists think dinosaurs looked like lizards.

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Activity (Worksheet—page 1) (Answers on next slide.)

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Activity Prep

Each student will need:

The teacher needs a printout of the Answer Key (optional, as the answers are also provided in the video).

Activity Summary

A four-page handout shows skulls of both familiar animals and dinosaurs. Questions prompt students to examine each animal's teeth and figure out what that animal ate. After students complete the handout, show a series of slides and discuss answers.

Activity (Worksheet—page 1) Answers

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Activity (Worksheet—page 2) (Answers on next slide.)

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Activity (Worksheet—page 2): Answers

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Activity (Worksheet—page 3) (Answers on next slide.)

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Activity (Worksheet—page 3): Answers

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Activity (Worksheet—page 4) (Answers on next slide.)

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Activity (Worksheet—page 4): Answers

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration which you just completed.
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bear by Sergiodlarosa , used under CC BY-SA
broken skull by Mirta12 , used under CC BY-SA
cat by Moyan Brenn , used under CC BY
gorilla by Kate , used under CC BY-SA
tooth by dinosaur-rose
Brontosaurus by Charles Robert Knight
Earth by Celestia? , used under CC BY
cats by Tanya.K. , used under CC BY
horses by smerikal , used under CC BY-SA
dinosaurs dying off by National Science Foundation, Zina Deretsky
bones in ground by Richard Fortey
old drawing by Barthélemy Faujas de Saint-Fond
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