Digging Up Dinosaurs
WebQuest

 

Introduction

You always knew that you wanted to work with dinosaur remains.  Ever since you read books like Digging Up Dinosaurs, My Visit to the Dinosaurs, and Fossils Tell of Long Ago, all by Aliki, dinosaurs excited you.  Your dreams of being a dinosaur expert have come true!  You now work as a member of a well respected dinosaur expert team.

Task
As a team of dinosaur experts, you have been asked to go on a dig in a location believed to have many dinosaur teeth remains.  The museum asking this of you would like to hire your team full time and has provided a job description for each member of the team. 

Process
For each fossil that your team digs up, you will have to do the following:

Worker:
(the person who digs the fossils out of the rock)
Use the appropriate tools to dig out any dinosaur fossils.

Paleontologist:
(the scientist who studies ancient plants and animals)
Determine what type of fossil your team has found.

Draftsman
(the person who draws pictures of the fossils)
Make a drawing of what the fossils look like.

Photographer
(the person who photographs the fossil)
Use the digital camera to take a picture of the fossil.

1)  Start at your assigned location.

2)  The worker must use the tools to search for the fossil.

3)  Once it is found, the paleontologist must use online resources to identify the fossil (confirm with your team, first) and then record its name.

4)  At the same time, the draftsman must draw a sketch of the fossil (the worker should help by measuring the fossil in cm).

5)  The photographer should be taking pictures of the process and then of the fossil itself.

6)  Afterwards the fossil must be placed, by the worker, back in its original location for the specialist to later prepare for the museum.

7)  Continue this process for the next locations.

8)  Use the online resources to learn more about the dinosaurs!  Complete this report for the museum and attach the photograph next to the information.  Your will need to present it to their board!
 
 

GOOD LUCK!

Resources

Use the link to find the information for each dinosaur and then record.

~Worker - determine what the dinosaur ate
~Paleontologist - classify the dinosaur into its appropriate family
~Draftsmen - confirm the dinosaur's tooth length 
~Photographer identify special features of the dinosaur fossil 
 

Evaluation
Now you will need to present your findings to the museum's board.

CATEGORY

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Quality of Work

Provides work of the highest quality.

Provides high quality work.

Provides work that occasionally needs to be checked/redone by other group members to ensure quality.

Provides work that usually needs to be checked/redone by others to ensure quality.

Time-management

Routinely uses time well throughout the project to ensure things get done on time. Group does not have to adjust deadlines or work responsibilities because of this person's procrastination.

Usually uses time well throughout the project, but may have procrastinated on one thing. Group does not have to adjust deadlines or work responsibilities because of this person's procrastination.

Tends to procrastinate, but always gets things done by the deadlines. Group does not have to adjust deadlines or work responsibilities because of this person's procrastination.

Rarely gets things done by the deadlines AND group has to adjust deadlines or work responsibilities because of this person's inadequate time management.

Problem-solving

Actively looks for and suggests solutions to problems.

Refines solutions suggested by others.

Does not suggest or refine solutions, but is willing to try out solutions suggested by others.

Does not try to solve problems or help others solve problems. Lets others do the work.

Attitude

Never is publicly critical of the project or the work of others. Always has a positive attitude about the task(s).

Rarely is publicly critical of the project or the work of others. Often has a positive attitude about the task(s).

Occasionally is publicly critical of the project or the work of other members of the group. Usually has a positive attitude about the task(s).

Often is publicly critical of the project or the work of other members of the group. Often has a positive attitude about the task(s).

Focus on the task

Consistently stays focused on the task and what needs to be done. Very self-directed.

Focuses on the task and what needs to be done most of the time. Other group members can count on this person.

Focuses on the task and what needs to be done some of the time. Other group members must sometimes nag, prod, and remind to keep this person on-task.

Rarely focuses on the task and what needs to be done. Lets others do the work.

Preparedness

Brings needed materials to class and is always ready to work.

Almost always brings needed materials to class and is ready to work.

Almost always brings needed materials but sometimes needs to settle down and get to work

Often forgets needed materials or is rarely ready to get to work.

Pride

Work reflects this student's best efforts.

Work reflects a strong effort from this student.

Work reflects some effort from this student.

Work reflects very little effort on the part of this student.

Monitors Group Effectiveness

Routinely monitors the effectiveness of the group, and makes suggestions to make it more effective.

Routinely monitors the effectiveness of the group and works to make the group more effective.

Occassionally monitors the effectiveness of the group and works to make the group more effective.

Rarely monitors the effectiveness of the group and does not work to make it more effective.

Working with Others

Almost always listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others. Tries to keep people working well together.

Usually listens to, shares, with, and supports the efforts of others. Does not cause "waves" in the group.

Often listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others, but sometimes is not a good team member.

Rarely listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others. Often is not a good team player.

 

Conclusion
Now that you have lived out your dream of being a dinosaur expert, what you would tell children about the experience?
 

 

 

 

 

 



Questions?  Comments?  Concerns?

Jamie Saponaro
Technology Integration Consultant
 

Digging Up Dinosaurs Lesson Plan