REBECCA L. SMITH
The Prehistoric Journey Educators' Sourcebook for K-College teachers contains extensive background information about the content and use of the exhibition, suggested self- guided tours, teaching tips (including special tips and resources for teaching about evolution), and related activities, glossary and resource lists. The activities are presented as part of investigation units, with each unit containing pre-, during, and post-museum visit activities. The Monster Math activity on the following pages is taken from the "How Do You Measure Up?" investigation unit. This unit, for grades K-4, correlates with Colorado Science Standards 3 and 4 and Math Standards as well. Through studying dinosaurs and other prehistoric organisms, students develop skills in measuring, estimating, comparing sizes, and expressing size comparison through art. For example, students use their own feet as units to measure a dinosaur footprint. In the exhibit they compare their heights to a giant palm frond and try to spread their arms as wide as a giant dragonfly's wingspan. The Monster Math activity lets students guess the actual sizes of some prehistoric animals. In addition, the activity has been designed to help students understand ratios and proportions. The teachers in our teacher workshops have had a lot of fun with this activity, and we hope you will too!
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