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Dinosaur Habitat Project Ideas

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Dinosaurs roamed the Earth for 185 million years, and lived in eight distinct habitats. The following four fun projects will teach your students about the unique conditions in which the dinosaurs lived.

Why Dinosaur Habitats?

Dinosaurs have been an ongoing fascination to many people ever since some early fossil discoveries in England in the 1800s. In this first project, your students will create a diorama that depicts a typical habitat for the creatures. In the second project, they will learn about the eight major types of habitats where dinosaurs lived. In the third project, they will create modern habitats for dinosaurs, as well as debate the merits of them. In the fourth and final project, your students will study a timeline of supercontinent Pangaea and its importance to the dinosaurs. These projects are ideal for students from grades 5-8.

Dinosaur Habitat Diorama

Dinosaurs lived on an Earth that was vastly different than what we know today. In this project, your students will recreate what a dinosaur habitat was like.

Materials: cardboard box, colored markers, construction paper, glue, knife, rulers, scissors, tape

Time: Two hours class time plus two hours homework

  • Inform your students they are going to be creating their very own dioramas depicting the habitats of various dinosaurs.
  • Divide them into small groups of 3-5.
  • Pass out the necessary materials for the dinosaur dioramas.
  • Allow your students to work on their creations. They can also add dinosaur action figures as well as miniature trees and shrubs.
  • When they are through, have them share their creations with their classmates.
  • Set the dioramas around the edge of the classroom to display for a week or two.

Learn the Dinosaur Habitats

Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for an amazing 185 million years. This covered the Triassic Period, the Jurassic Period, and the Cretaceous Period. In this project, your students will review eight different habitats that the 'terrible lizards' called home.

Materials: internet access

Time: One class period and 30 minutes home study

  • Let your students know they are going to be studying eight habitats of dinosaurs.
  • Divide them into eight small groups. Tell them:
    • Group One, you will be Team Triassic Period Riversides
    • Group Two, you will be Team Triassic Period Scrublands
    • Group Three, you will be Team Jurassic Period Riparian Forests
    • Group Four, you will be Team Jurassic Period Dense Coniferous Forests
    • Group Five, you will be Team Cretaceous Period Swampland
    • Group Six, you will be Team Cretaceous Period Mixed Forests
    • Group Seven, you will be Team Cretaceous Period Mountains
    • Group Eight, you will be Team Cretaceous Period Desert Plains
  • Now, allow them to go to the library or research on the internet.
  • When they are through, have them meet again in one large group.
  • Have each group elect a spokesperson to reveal their findings about their respective habitats.
  • Lastly, ask them if they have any final questions or comments about this project.

Create and Debate Your Own Modern Dinosaurs Habitats

In the Jurassic Park movie series we see what could potentially happen if scientists brought dinosaurs back to life. In this project, your students will review that very scenario.

Materials: internet access

Time: 90 minutes

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