The Albertosaurus Mystery Activities

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.

Would your third to fifth grade students like to learn about the book 'The Albertosaurus Mystery'? The following hands-on activities will aid them as they study the book that chronicles fossil hunters.

The Albertosaurus Mystery

In 1910, Barnum Brown discovered a dinosaur skeleton in Alberta, Canada, that appropriately came to be known as Albertosaurus. In 1976, Philip Currie set out to rediscover the famed fossil bed, amazingly without the aid of a map. He did indeed finally discover the site in 1997, and many more Albertosaurus skeletons were eventually extricated. The Albertosaurus Mystery by T. V. Padma describes the adventures of these two scientists along with others that changed the world of paleontology forever.

The Albertosaurus Mystery Drawings

Materials: colored markers, colored pencils, colored pens, construction paper, Internet access

In this activity, your students will have the chance to illustrate an actual picture of an Albertosaurus. While their depictions do not have to be exact, encourage them to include certain features of the dinosaur including tiny forearms, large hind legs, a long tail, large razor-sharp teeth, and eyes on the sides of its head (by comparison, a Tyrannosaurus rex had eyes on the front of its head). Since scientists don't completely agree on what color dinosaurs were, they can use their imaginations to draw the colors. When they are through, have them share their drawings with the entire class, as well as display the drawings around the edges of your classroom.

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