Dinosaurs: Unit plan



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Dinosaurs: Unit plan

@ Paola Sgaravatto – 2008

DD Pinerolo I Circolo

(after CLIL course at Gloucester 2008)

Approx 6 lessons: Age 8-9 years



Objectives

1 For children to understand:

  1. Places of world: continents, countries

  2. Dinosaurs' life: geological ages, environment

  3. Fossilization: how happens

  4. Parts of an animal body

  5. Types of dinosaurs and classification

  6. Characteristics of different dinosaurs: diet, reproduction, movements,....

  7. Causes of extintion: new hipothesis

2 For children to use: dinosaur vocabulary within a range of contexts and for a range of purposes

Portfolio
Children choose 1-3activities for theirportfolio


Self evaluation
Peer evaluation

Useful books for teachers:

  1. Dinosaurs Atlas - Hinkler Books

  2. Dinosaurs – DK Eyewitness Project Books

  3. Rocks & Minerals - DK Eyewitness Project Books

  4. Encyclopedia Prehistorica – Dinosaurs – Renowned Masters - Sabuda & Reinhart

  5. DK Guide to Dinosaurs

  6. Cross-curricular English Activities – Ed. Scholastic

  7. Dinosaur – Cambridge Readings

  8. Burchietti-Valentini – Effective teaching inn the Primary school” Loescher
  9. Rampone-Calabrese “Cross-Curricular Projects” - Loescher


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Other dinosaurs stories:

  1. Dinosaurs roar by Paul Stickland – Ragge Bears Publishing Limited

  2. Santasauros -

  3. How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen

  4. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen

  5. How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen

  6. How do dinosaurs play with their friends? by Jane Yolen

  7. How do dinosaurs clean their rooms? by Jane Yolen

  8. Dinotopia by James Gurney

  9. The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs by Joanna Cole

  10. Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker

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Internet sites where to found informations:

www.learningpages.com

www.enchantedlearning.com

www.bbc.co.uk/dinosaurs

www.amnh.org

http://dsc.discovery.com

www.tyrrelmuseum.com/tour/dinohall.html

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

Lesson/
Activity


Aim

Learning
styles


Cognitive skills

Resources

Outcome

Lesson 1

1MT What don't you know about dinosaurs?

Make a poster with questions (MT and L2)

(What kind of dinosaurs did exist?
When did they live?
Where were their bones found?
What did they eat?
Why did they die?
....................)

Focus on some questions



Start from
student
Tuning in

Brainstorming


Making questions
Discussion
Collecting vocabulary
Learning new chunks



Linguistic
Visual
Kinaesthetic
Logical
Scientific

Questioning
Sharing ideas
Comparing and contrasting



Wall chart

Felt tips

Coloured pins


Children
understand:

1 importance of historical and scientific research

2 fundamental principles of methodology for
historical and scientific research


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Activity


Purpose

Learning
styles


Cognitive skills

Resources

Outcome

Lesson 2

1 Make a big map of world (Jigsaw): put the places where dinosaur bones were found

2 Get children in groups and give each group a simple text about places where bones were found. Children have to read and look on the map to find the places

3 One child per group moves to another group to give information and explain the text to the group


Introduce world related names (continents, country, climatic zones,...): link with geography

Tuning in
Cooperation

Kinaesthetic

Visual

Manipulative



Logical

Organising

Reading

Listening



Planning

Observing

Selecting

Collaborating

Making connections

Classifying




World maps

Texts


Felt tips

Children understand:


1 how world is
2 how world was

3 where do we live on the Earth


4 where dinosaurs lived on the Earth
5 sharing and explaining information

Lesson/
Activity


Purpose

Learning
styles


Cognitive skills

Resources

Outcome

Lesson 3

1 Identify different kind of dinosaurs and classify them in big groups (carnivorous, herbivorous,..)

2 Individually, choose one dinosaur and draw it copying out of a book

3 Make a puppet with moving legs and head

4 Spell its, generally, long name


Collecting vocabulary about dinosaurs

Classifying

Grouping
Drawing


Designing


Speaking and writing clearly

Scientific

Logical
Visual

Manipulative

Kinaesthetic
Linguistic


Reading

Observing

Researching

Selecting informations

Comparing and contrasting

Classifying

Finding resources

Presenting ideas

Sharing ideas


Speaking

Writing




Wall chart

Pins


String

Books


Research on web/CD roms

Cardboard

Felt tips

Children understand:


1 differences between dinosaurs
2 characteristics that cannot be known (color, voice,...)
3 relationships between dinosaurs and with their different environments and time of life

4 food chains about dinosaurs



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Activity


Purpose

Learning
styles


Cognitive skills

Resources

Outcome

Lesson 4

(maybe more than a lesson)

1 All the class discuss about the most important features of these animals: environment and time of life, physical aspect, food, movements,skin, respiration, reproduction, defence, size, similar dinosaurs,...

2 Make an identity card of a chosen dinosaur, looking for information on books or on the Internet or on multimedia encyclopedias

3 Introduce your dinosaur to the class that has to memorize the features and the differences

4 Stick the identity card on a paper plate and each child plays to guess the name of the dinosaur that the classmate reads



Start from students

Tuning in

Collecting vocabulary about features: nouns, adjectives, actions


Link with Science activities (animals)

Link with Math activities (size and weight)

Learning and practise new chunks
Analysing
Link with science (animals and environment)
Seeing stages of development
Comparing

Understanding


To practise reading, writing, discussing
Listening

Deducing the meaning from the context

Comparing

Selecting


Logical


Linguistic

Manipulative


Visual


Linguistic

Kinaesthetic

Linguistic


Questioning

Organising

Sharing ideas

Listening

Talking


Observing

Asking questions

Selecting informations

Reading


Finding resources

Making connections

Using it

Making choices





Charts on wall charts

Felt tips

Books

Research on web/CD roms



Paper plates

Children understand:
1 more differences between dinosaurs
2 differences between dinosaurs and today's animals
3 how to prepare an essential list of features o animals
4 researching resources
5 time line: contemporaneity or not

Lesson/
Activity


Purpose

Learning
styles


Cognitive skills

Resources

Outcome

Lesson 5

1 Classify in many ways: using informations , try to find some different criteria of classification

2 Make a time-line and put the different dinosaurs on it (only some experts explain to the class)

Start from students

Tuning in

Classifying

Grouping

Cooperation

Put animals on a time line
Link with History activities (time line)

Kinaesthetic

Visual

Manipulative



Logical

Linguistic

Scientific

Observing

Selecting informations

Making connections

Making choices


Wall chart

String


Plastic or wooden hoop

Children understand:


1 classifying
2 organising the time
3 concept of a lot of time away from us



Lesson/
Activity


Purpose

Learning
styles


Cognitive skills

Resources

Outcome

Lesson 6

(maybe more than a lesson)

1 Read and listen to some stories about dinosaurs

2 Manipulative activities (make a...with oral o written instructions)

3 Invent an imaginary dinosaur: draw and describe it (even in groups)

4 Songs on dinosaurs: invent new songs based on well-known tunes

5 Games (even in groups):


  • make a crossword

  • look for definitions (draw or write gaps)

  • make a word-search

Start from students

Tuning in

Listening

Predicting
Understanding instructions

Inventing

Sharing ideas

Memorizing

Link with Art activities (draw and paint)

Inventing

Cooperation

Link with Music activities



Linguistic

Kinaesthetic

Visual


Manipulative

Scientific

Musical

Logical


Visual

Listening

Predicting

Selecting informations

Collaborating

Making decisions and choices

Inventing

Testing


Presenting ideas



Book of stories, even big books
Presentations Power Point with stories
Videos of stories
Cd-roms

Cassettes and tape-player

Audio-Cd and Cd-player

Scissors


Felt tips

Rulers



Children understand:
1 how to deduce

the meaning from the context


2 how to realize products on the base of written instructions or oral
3 how to organize a task
4 memorizing sentences in English
5 finding problems solutions

Lesson/
Activity


Purpose

Learning
styles


Cognitive skills

Resources

Outcome

Lesson 7

1 Make a book about dinosaurs : with oral instructions (you can cut, fold, draw, stick, colour, count, write...); it' possible to make a book with a dinosaur shape

2 Insert what you want about your dinosaurs (look at the information you found or invent a story)

Sequencing

Selecting

Invent
Organising


Kinaesthetic

Visual

Manipulative



Logical

Linguistic

Scientific


Sequencing

Selecting
Invent
Organising

Sharing ideas

Planning

Summarising

Reading

Presenting ideas



Writing

Drawing


Designing

Making decisions and choices



Paper or cardboard

Scissors


Felt tips

Pens and pencils

Magazines with pictures or colours to cut out


Children understand:
1 how to organize a task
2 how to realize products on the base of oral instructions
3 selecting informations

Lesson/
Activity


Purpose

Learning
styles


Cognitive skills

Resources

Outcome

Lesson 8

After discussion and research of information in MT: What would happen if you lived in dinosaurs age? It would.....+MT

1 Draw what would happen

2 Write a story in group in MT

3 Make some posters in group about the different environment (draw, look for pictures on magazines, stick: plant, rocks, water, sky, volcanoes,...)

Start from students

Tuning in

Discussing

Evaluating

Comparing

Using the vocabulary learned during the preceding activities

Connect the learned notions

Collaborating

Cooperation

Imagining

Link with MT activities

Link with Science and Historic activities

Kinaesthetic

Visual

Manipulative



Logical

Linguistic

Scientific

What if?


Sequencing

Selecting


Invent
Organising

Sharing ideas

Planning

Presenting ideas

Making decisions and

choices


Collaborating

Relating


Interpreting

Wall chart

Felt tips

Magazines with pictures or colours to cut out

Books on which to find images of the different environments of life of the dinosaurs





Children understand:
1 characteristics of the environment of life and the climate of the times in which the dinosaurs lived
2 if men and dinosaurs would have been able to live together or not


Lesson/
Activity


Purpose

Learning
styles


Cognitive skills

Resources

Outcome

Lesson 9

Work about a text:

1 Give to the children some (6-7) simple sentences about dinosaurs life or how fossils were made, how Earth evolved....

2 Listen to the teacher that reads and mark in numerical order

3 Draw near the sentences

4 Give a number to each children that comes in a circle when he hears his sentence

5 They walk around repeating their sentence

6 Other games to memorize chunks

Tuning in

Analysing

Listening

Sequencing

Drawing


Memorizing
Pronuncing

Kinaesthetic

Visual

Manipulative



Logical

Linguistic

Scientific


Analysing

Sequencing

Listening

Selecting informations


Paper

Felt tips




Children understand:
1 how to order sentences
2 to carefully listen to the reading to pick up information

Lesson/
Activity


Purpose

Learning
styles


Cognitive skills

Resources

Outcome

Lesson 10

Extintions Theories:

1 Look for informations in MT

2 Discuss in MT

3 Invent a new theory and explain it in English


Start from students

Tuning in

Discussing

Evaluating

Comparing

Using the vocabulary learned during the preceding activities

Connect the learned notions

Collaborating

Imagining



Visual


Logical

Linguistic

Scientific


Evaluating

Imagining

Relating

Making links

Discussing

Imagining consequeces

Analysing

Comparing



Wall chart

Felt tips



Books

Cd-roms


Videos

Children understand:
1 how to evaluate the hypotheses
2 how to build new hypotheses on the base of the learned knowledges





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