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

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Exhibit Highlights

Dinosaur Unit Outline and Standards Correlations

Dinosaur Background

Dinosaurs in the Exhibit

Dinosaurs and Southern California


Pre-visit Activities

Museum Visit Worksheet A

Museum Visit Worksheet B

Post-visit Activities



Post-visit Activities

Part A
Dinosaur Field Study

Summarize the data you and your classmates have collected on various dinosaurs.
Do the characteristics of predatory dinosaurs differ from those of prey dinosaurs?
What are the characteristics of each?
How do bird-hipped dinosaurs differ from lizard-hipped dinosaurs?
Could you form groups using characteristics other than hip-bones?

Part B
Section I
How Do We Know

  • Communication
    How did dinosaurs communicate?
    What evidence do we have?
    How do we communicate today?
    What other ways do animals communicate?

  • Fossils
    What things can you learn from fossils?
    What can you infer from studying fossils?
    What can't you learn from fossils?

Sections II, III, IV
Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous Periods

  • Compare the three time periods (Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous).
    What position were the continents in during each time period?
    Note the topography (mountains, seas etc.) during each period.
    Note some of the plants and animals present in each period.
    Describe some of the changes (continents, plants, animals) over time.
    Is there a pattern in the relationships of continental position, topography, plants, and animals?

  • Could you predict what to expect 100 million years from now?

  • Draw a picture depicting the Triassic, Jurassic or Cretaceous time showing landforms, plants, and some dinosaurs that lived then.

  • Write a description depicting the Triassic, Jurassic, or Cretaceous time period.

  • Create a diorama or model depicting the Triassic, Jurassic, or Cretaceous time period.

Part V Extinction and the Movie

  • Several reasons for dinosaur extinction are presented. Which explanation do you think is the best? Why?

  • Movie versions of several dinosaurs are presented. Choose one of these dinosaurs and compare the movie version with the real-life version.
    Tell what was similar and what was different.
    Why do you think the changes were made for the movie version?

The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park: The Lost World was produced by Dinosaur Exhibitions, LLC, under the direction of "Dino" Don Lessem, and in partnership with Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment. The exhibition was designed by Museum Design Associates. Jurassic Park and Lost World are trademarks of Universal City Studios and Amblin Entertainment.

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