Children's Books: News, Views, Projects and Activities
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Activity: Make a Dinosaur Time Line
Many of my books, such as Giant Sea Reptiles of the Dinosaur Age, Pterosaurs: Flying Reptiles of the Dinosaur Age and Dinosaurs With Feathers, are about dinosaurs or animals that lived in the Dinosaur Age (the Mesozoic Era.) Trying to grasp the huge span of time that these animals were alive--225 to 65 million years ago--and the time that has elapsed since they became extinct is difficult. One way to appreciate that span of time is to make a time line of the history of the earth and show when
dinosaurs, pterosaurs and giant sea reptiles lived. (Use a roll of shelf
paper or draw the time line with chalk on the playground. If one inch
equals a million years you will need about 20 feet to go back to the
beginning of dinosaurs.)
Would you like to have a pet dinosaur?
Write a story about what you would do if
you had a dinosaur, pterosaur, or giant sea reptile as a pet. Where
would you keep it? What would it eat? Do you think you could teach it to do tricks?