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Questions and Important Vocabulary

What kind of bones do we have in our body?
Can you name any of them?
When can you see bones? (List them on the board)
Do all animals have the same bones?
Excavate: to dig up an object such as a fossil
Fossils: the remains or evidence of ancient organisms preserved in rock or some other material
Paleontologist: scientist who is trained in both geology and biology and studies fossil records to learn about life of the past

What you need to know

​ Every person/animal has bones in their body to keep them up. You may be able to feel a skeleton or bones when petting a dog or cat, or even be able to see one while visiting a museum. Dinosaurs had bones, some were very big bones. A paleontologists job is to dig up and discover the bones of dinosaurs, these are also called fossils because they usually have to be dug up out of rock or other materials. Lets take a look at some dinosaur bones and what they looked like.

READ and go over pages 6-11 in DINOSAUR DISCOVERIES by Gail Gibbons
READ and go over the first page of ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart
Go over different picture of dinosaur fossils and skeletons.

What you will need

Dark colored construction paper
Pasta noodles (some should be crushed up to make a variety of shapes)
Dinosaur books and pictures for reference

What to do next

Each student will receive construction paper and some pasta. While looking at books and pictures the students will create their own dinosaur skeleton. The students will get a chance to look over their skeletons and label some of their bones.

Discussion Questions

Do dinosaurs have any of the same bones as we do?
How are our bones different from theirs?


Gibbons, G. (2005). Dinosaur Discoveries. New York: Holiday House.
Sabuda, R., & Reinhart, M. (2005). Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs. Cambridge: Candlewick Press.
Chicago Childrens Museum, Teacher Resources

State Standards

  • Use the language arts to acquire, assess and communicate information
  • understand the fundamental concepts, principles and interconnections of the life, physical and earth/space sciences