NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR CLASSROOM – WEEK 10 – WEEK OF OCTOBER 14
We don’t know about you, but National Fossil Day gets the inner child in us excited! National Day Classroom decided to explore unique fossil names and see if we could figure out how the names came to be a part dinosaur or fossil name. We created a matching game so your classrooms could join in the fun. This week is also National Dictionary Day, and as part of the assignment, students can practice their dictionary knowledge to help them along. Some of those scientific words are tough!
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ASSIGNMENT: Match the name of the dinosaur fossil on the left to the description on the right.
- Bambiraptor Feinberg
- Dracorex Hogwartsia
DICTIONARY WORK: Look up the following words to help you with studying fossils
Which are you?
A. This fossil derives its name from a gothic form of architecture or character. As a herbivore, it would eat low growing plants that existed during the Jurassic period.
B. Unlike the Disney character it was named after, this dinosaur was a carnivore. As the only predator on the list, it’s important to note part of its name translates to plunderer or thief.
C. A few characteristics that hint at this dinosaur’s namesake include that it was discovered in Africa, it was an herbivore, and because of one physical feature, it could always reach the highest leaves in the trees.
D. Making our imaginations soar, this fossil discovery was named after a modern fictional character. Don’t fear this dragon king; it’s a herbivore.
E. This omnivore had a pouch along its neck and was discovered in around modern-day Spain. It lived during the Cretaceous period, about 125 – 135 million years ago and likely aquatic plants, fish and other water-loving species, much like its namesake.