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


Dinosaurs and Interdisciplinary Activities
Dinosaur Weights and Measures

Content Area: Mathematics
Standards: Number Sense, K-3; Algebra and Functions, grade 3; Measurement and Geometry, K-3; Statistics, Data Analysis, 1-2
Directions: Using the information on the Dinosaur Weights and Measures chart below:
Choose some of the listed dinosaurs and, in a large area, mark off their length.
Sort the dinosaurs by length-shortest to longest.
Create and arrange the above data on a bar graph.
Practice converting English measurements to metric measurements or vice-versa.


Dinosaur Weights and Measures Chart

Ankylosaurus (stiffened lizzard)
length: 35 feet (10.7 m)
height: 5.5 feet (1.5 m)
weight: 3-4 tons

Apatosaurus (deceptive lizard)
length: 70 feet (21 m)
height at shoulder 15 feet (4.5 m)
weight: 33 tons

Brachiosaurus (arm lizard)
length: 75 feet (23 m)
head height: 40 feet (12 m)
weight: 85 tons

Compsognathus (pretty jaw)
length: 2 feet (60 cm)
weight: 6.5 pounds

Diplodocus (double beam)
length: 87.5 feet (27 m)
weight: 11.7 tons

Iguanodon (iguana tooth)
length: 29.5 feet (9 m)
height: 16.5 feet (5 m)
weight: 5 tons

Mussasaurus (mouse lizard)
length: 8 inches (20 cm) young
adult may have been 10 feet (3 m)

Parasaurolophus (beside crested lizard)
length: 30 feet (9 m)
height: 16 feet (4.8 m)
weight: 3-4 tons

Stegosaurus (plated lizard)
length: 30 feet (9 m)
height: 11 feet (3.3 m)
weight: 2 tons

Triceratops (three-horned face)
length: 30 feet (9 m)
weight: 6 tons

Tyrannosaurus (tyrant lizard)
length: 39 feet (12 m)
height: 18.5 feet (5.6 m)
weight: 7 tons

Ultrasaurus (extreme lizard)
length: 100 feet (30.5 m)
weight: 150 tons

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