A Teacher's Guide To The Exhibit for Grades K-8 -- San Diego Natural History Museum -- Environmental Science Education Center

Dino Zip


  1. Divide class into groups of four or five students.
  2. One person reads definitions, one person scores.
  3. Start reading any definition on the list.
  4. Students try to identify the word being defined. The key is to respond with the word "ZIP" as soon as possible. The reader then stops and the responder identifies the word.
  5. If the word has been correctly identified the scorer gives one point and the reader continues to read the remainder of the definition.
  6. If the response has been incorrect, the reader continues reading the definition until the next "ZIP" tries to identify the word.
  7. After a designated time the students switch readers and scorers.

    Definitions for DINO ZIP

    1. ADAPTATION—physical structures, characteristics or behaviors that allow an organism to survive and reproduce in its particular environment.

    2. ALL CONTINENTS—Continents where dinosaurs have been found.

    3. BIPED—a word that means walking on two feet.

    4. BIRDS—animals thought to be dinosaurs' closest living relatives.

    5. BRACHI—a root word that means arm.

    6. BRACHIOSAURUS—a dinosaur that had front legs longer than the rear legs.

    7. CARNIVORE—an animal that eats meat.

    8. CERATOSAURUS—a carnivorous dinosaur with a horn above its nose.

    9. CRETACEOUS—the last and final period of the Mesozoic Era.

    10. DINO—a root word that means terrible.

    11. DIPLODOCIDS—dinosaurs which were probably the longest.

    12. EXTINCTION—the complete disappearance of a type of organism.

    13. FOSSIL—the preserved remains of an organism that once lived.

    14. FRANCE—where dinosaur egg shell pieces were found in the mid-1800s.

    15. HADROSAUR—science name for the duck-billed dinosaurs.

    16. HERBIVORE—an animal that eats plants.

    17. HERDING—moving together as a group which may be a means of protection.

    18. IGUANODON—the first dinosaur to be discovered.

    19. JURASSIC—the middle time period of the Mesozoic Era.

    20. MANTELL, MARY ANN—discoverer of the first Iguanodon remains.

    21. MARSH, O.C. & COPE, E.D.—two famous 19th century American dinosaur hunters.

    22. MEGALOSAURUS—second type of dinosaur to be discovered.

    23. MESOZOIC—the era of Earth's history dominated by the dinosaurs.

    24. MONTANA—where Maiasaurus eggs were found.

    25. ODON—a root word that means tooth.

    26. ORNITHISCHIA—science word that means bird-hip.

    27. OWEN, RICHARD—the person who coined the name "dinosaur."

    28. PACHYCEPHALOSAURUS—a dinosaur that has a thick, bony skull.

    29. PALEONTOLOGIST—a person that studies fossils.

    30. QUADRUPED—an animal that walks on four feet.

    31. SAURUS—a root word that means lizard.

    32. SAURISCHIA—science word that means lizard-hip.

    33. SPINOSAURUS—a dinosaur that had a sail on its back.

    34. TOES—the part of the foot that dinosaurs walked on.

    35. TRIASSIC—the first (earliest) period of the Mesozoic Era.

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