Project 3: "Dinosaurs"

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Fancie LeCointre
School: Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary
P.O box 10
Laurdes, NF
A0N 1R0
Tel: (709) 642-5322
Fax: (709) 642-5854
Grade Level: 2
Number of Students: 28
Project Start and Finish Dates: March to April, 1997

  Project Overview

The theme of Dinosaurs in grade two has always fascinated and intrigued the children. The aim of this project is to use computers and the Internet to collect information about dinosaurs which will help the children discover and understand these prehistoric animals.

  Curriculum Connections

Main Curriculum Area:

  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Art

School Curriculum/Instructional Philosophy will be addressed by project:

This project will:

  • Integrate computer technology in the instructional process.
  • Use of the Internet will inspire children to access information in all subject areas.
  • Integrate several subject areas using the dinosaur theme.
  • Provide opportunities for students to research, read, write, and record data about dinosaurs.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

The students will be able to:

  • Explain that dinosaurs were animals that lived on earth along time ago.
  • Explain that fossils are remains of plants and animals that lived long ago.
  • Explain that dinosaurs fossils are clues to the past, unearth by paleontologists.
  • Describe how fossils were formed.
  • Collect information on different dinosaurs
  • Identify several dinosaurs.
  • Classify dinosaurs as carnivores or herbivores.
  • Formulate their own theories why dinosaurs disappeared from the earth.
  • Write creatively, using information from research findings.
  • Use standard units such as centimeters and metres to compare dinosaurs to objects in their environment.
  • Through simulation exercises children will role-play how paleontologists work.
  • Identify tools used by paleontologist to excavate fossils.
  • Recognize dinosaur vocabulary and be able to read a variety of material.
  • Create dinosaur model out of clay.
  • Draw and paint dinosaurs.

ILO's in relation to Provincial ILO's:

Outcomes of the grade two curriculum are established by the Department of Education. These objectives can be achieved through the development of this theme.

ILO's of Technology Education:

Students Will:

  • Conduct research with the computer, using available Encyclopedia programs.
  • Will use a word processor to write stories, or record information to make reports.
  • Create a new document.
  • Save the document a storage disk.
  • Edit the document.
  • Print the document
  • Import graphics, charts, and text art into the document.
  • Access the Internet to obtain information by conducting net searches, downloading and printing files.

  Resource Connections

All students will use the Internet to access current information on the topic of dinosaurs. Being a Stellar School will enable students to have unlimited access to collect information on dinosaurs. Having more time available to students for Internet use will give them more Internet experience. Up to date information about new dinosaur findings will be available on the Internet for students to access.


The project will be evaluated for the following:

  • Use of the Internet to collect information on dinosaurs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of disks, modems. scanners, printers, computer, and hard drives.
  • Read books and poems about dinosaurs.
  • Write, edit, and print creative stories about dinosaurs.
  • Use standard units to compare dinosaurs.
  • Formulate stories on their own theories of dinosaur extinction.
  • Describe how fossils were formed.
  • Identify and classify different dinosaurs.
  • Create dinosaurs using art material such as paint, clay or sketching.
  • Experience, through simulation, a paleontologist's dig for bones.

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