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



Museum Visit Worksheet/Answers

Word Search I Answers

Word Search II Answers

Part A: Exhibit Investigation
Answers will vary depending upon which dinosaurs were selected. Refer to background information or references to confirm answers.

Part B: Exhibit Investigation

Select one or more of the following sections (I-V) and answer the questions.

I. How do we know?

a. What are fossils?
remains of plants or animals that lived long ago

b. What types of things become fossilized?
bones, teeth, skin impressions, footprints, plant food, waste, embryos.

c. In what ways did dinosaurs communicate? For what purpose? Did they make noise?
use of horns or crests
attract mate, warn rivals they may have

d. Did dinosaurs care for their young? How do we know?
fossil sitting on top of eggs
juvenile footprints, sheltered inside herd

e. Did dinosaurs fight? How do we know?
probably, however most were plant eaters and some meat-eaters may have been scavengers
toothmarks on bones, locked in battle as they died

II. Triassic Period

Describe conditions during the Triassic time period. (Size and position of continents, seas, climate, plants, dinosaurs and other animals)
a. land mass—single land mass, Pangea
b. climate—warm, wet
c. dino characteristics—upright, legs underneath, scaly skin, laid eggs
d. plants—cycads, ferns, no flowers, or deciduous trees
e. dinosaurs—small, e.g. eoraptor, herrerasaurus, plateosaurus
f. other animals—crocodile-like reptiles, dicynodonts

III. Jurassic Period

Describe conditions during the Jurassic time period. (Size and position of continents, seas, climate, plants, dinosaurs and other animals)
a. land mass—two large continents--laurasia, gondwana
b. climate—warm but varied climate
c. plants—conifer, ferns, cycads
d. dinosaurs—allosaurus, dilophosaurus, etc.
e. other animals—pterosaurs, sea reptiles, archaeopteryx-bird ancestor

IV. Cretaceous Period

Describe conditions during the Cretaceous time period. (Size and position of continents, seas, climate, plants, dinosaurs and other animals)
a. land mass/sea—resemble today's, sea levels high, polar regions, deserts, swamps
b. climate—warm, range from hot to cool
c. plants—flowering plants
d. dinosaurs—giganotosaurus, stegoceras, pachycephalosaur
e. other animals—modern insects, pterosaurs, fish, mammals, turtles

V. Extinction and the Movie

Many animals became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous time.
a. What caused the extinction?
Poison plants, gas, freezing weather and volcanic explosions, asteroid

b. 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 changes were made for the movie version?
Answers will vary, but may include: cost of production; to create a more exciting presentation.

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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