The Ducklings investigate dinosaurs

This term, the Ducklings have been investigating dinosaurs.

We received a letter from the dinosaur museum asking for some help and quickly set about answering the questions we were asked.

Firstly, we had to investigate how dinosaurs were born and how they grew.

We learnt that we need to use information books and computers to investigate. If we couldn’t read the words to find the information, we looked at the pictures. 

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We found out that:

– Dinosaurs laid eggs

– The eggs hatched when the dinosaurs grew bigger (this is like chickens)

– Some dinosaurs covered their eggs in sand to keep them warm

– Some dinosaurs could not sit on their nests because they would squash the eggs.

We decided this is different to us because we are not born in eggs.

Over the week we… 

…made a nest using sticks and leaves around our outdoor area. We had to think about what the best materials would be to use. We found twigs to make it safe and leaves to make it comfortable for the eggs. Dino 3
Dino 10 …made dinosaur eggs and saw what was inside when they hatched. It was very sticky but we covered the whole egg in newspaper.

We cut the egg open and there was a baby dinosaur inside. 

… made dinosaur eggs with dinosaurs inside. We had to think hard about how to keep the dinosaur inside and what materials were best to use to keep it safe. Some of use chose to use yoghurt pots and some of us used egg boxes.  Dino 11

 

Once we found out that dinosaurs hatched out of eggs, we investigated what happens next – they grow! We put dinosaurs in order from egg to adult. Like us, dinosaurs needed food and water to grow.

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We wrote lots of information and drew pictures and sent our information back to the dinosaur museum. They quickly sent us our next challenge.

We received a special suitcase with dinosaur models in. The museum wanted to know what the dinosaurs were called, what their features were, what they ate and where they lived.

Again, we used information books. This time we worked in groups to investigate a dinosaur each and taught the rest of the children about what we had found.

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Some facts we learnt:

– Stegosaurus had plates on its back to help keep it warm

– T-Rex had 2 small arms and 2 legs

– Pterodactyl could fly

– Diplodocus had a long neck so it could reach high plants to eat. 

 

 

 

To help us think about where dinosaurs lived, we thought about where we live first. We made a little town with houses, cars, roads and people. 

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Then we used what we had seen in books to make a dinosaur environment. We needed mud and trees and even had a volcano. Watching the volcano erupt was great fun! Dinosaurs didn’t have cars, or toys like we do and there were no people either.

 We used dinosaurs to help us learn in maths

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We finished off the week by writing a dinosaur story:

Dino 9Once upon a time, there was a huge T Rex in the forest. He was stomp, stomp, stomping and stamp, stamp stamping. He chased the little dinosaurs away. They were sad and scared. So they worked as a team and jumped on the T Rex and chased him away. They were happy and safe.

At the end of our learning about dinosaurs we learnt an important word: Extinct.

We know that dinosaurs are not alive anymore and watched some video clips on the possible reasons why. We talked about which ones we thought it could have been and why these things would have harmed the dinosaurs.

 

Overall we had a great few weeks working together to learn facts about dinosaurs, where they lived and how they were similar and different to us.