Explorers of the past: dinosaurs (LS-EU-294)

Everybody loves dinosaurs. Especially young children. And they know so much about it.

Wait… Do they? Has anyone actually seen a dinosaur to teach us about it? How do we know what we think we know about dinosaurs? And are we absolutely certain about what we know? 

With this 3 weeks project, you will bring your pupils to question what they think they know. They will learn about facts, about how our knowledge has been built on discoveries, has evolved with new discoveries. They will learn what a palaeontologist is, how they are the ones behind our mental picture of dinosaurs. 

Dinosaurs: between the real and the imaginary

Through research, an online interview with a palaeontologist but also very practical activities such as digging up bones in soil, the children will refine their perception about dinosaurs and make the difference between the real and the imaginary. 

At the end of the project, they will have the opportunity to show their new knowledge through a presentation illustrated with images from Europeana

Some stem challenges (represent a dinosaur with paper shapes, wooden block…) and creative activities will also be part of the project. 

This project was greatly enriched and facilitated by the availability of Christophe Hendrickx, palaeontologist, who guided us in our research and took the time to answer our questions.

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Public Domain 1.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and has been provided by The British Library.

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