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Dinos!
22 Feb, 2013. 8 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Science, Preschool, Preschool Science, Science, Uncategorized. Posted By: Kristen Smith

I’m so sorry it has been so long since my last post. I have an excuse… and it’s a good one. Did you hear about that Carnival cruise ship that got stranded out at sea? Well, I was babysitting for my friends during the entire fiasco! What was supposed to be me watching their three wonderful kids for three days, turned into EIGHT days! We really had a great time, but I can’t say the same for their parents! 

So, with that said… I’m so sorry for the hold up. I have finally gotten back into the groove, am back at my house, and in a normal sleep cycle!! 
I have so much respect for you single working moms out there! I don’t know how you don’t go to bed at 8:00 every night!! I was exhausted by the end of the day!! 
So, I missed posting my Valentine’s Day fun pics but I’ll catch up on that over the weekend. For now I have got to share with you the FUN science activity we did today! We have moved on from matter and now are full steam ahead with DINOSAURS. I have a little guy in my class, who will remain nameless, who is an EXPERT on dinosaurs. Seriously, he knows like EVERYTHING! So, I just had to do a unit for him. He is loving it and it’s so cute to hear the kids ask him questions!! 
Today we practiced using standard and non standard unit of measurements with a 
T REX FOOT PRINT!!!
Just because I am amazed, I have to share:
The Tyrannosaurus Rex:
A T Rex walked on his tiptoes (like the other dinos). 
T Rex’s TOE NAILS were a foot and a half long!! 
Not to mention his whole foot was 36 inches long. CRAZY!!
Even more mind blowing is the distance between two of his footprints, or his stride, was between 12-15 FEET long! (even further apart when they were running!!)
I created replicas of the T Rex footprints and my kiddos went to work figuring out how long they were in inches and then how long they were in non-standard units of measurement. They also measured the width of them.
 
THEY LOVED THIS!!
After we did this, we took it to the hallway to measure the T rex’s stride! 
We first measured it with rulers and then by first graders!! 
My kiddos loved this! (and so did everyone passing by! I may or may not have gotten a few extra students throughout the activity!) 

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8 Comments
  1. I love how you measured the dinosaur feet!! So cute and the kiddos will remember that forever!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  2. So much fun. I will be doing this with my kinder babies for sure. Our nonstandard unit of measurement will fall perfectly with our dino unit :) They will love it!!! I bet your kids had a blast :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  3. Lori -

    This is so cute and clever! I bet your class had a lot of fun measuring!
    lraines78@gmail.com

  4. I love this idea! I just did a blogpost on the dino scavenger hunt I did with my cuties, this would be such a fun additional to our unit! Did that giant foot fit in the laminator machine?! Sooo cute!
    ✿Sue
    Science for Kids Blog

    • Sue- I had to hold my breath as they went into the laminator but yes, they did fit!! :) ((barely!!) I am heading over to check out your post now!!

  5. Kim -

    What a fantastic idea!! Did you use bulletin board paper? Thank you for sharing this idea! I can’t wait to use it when we get to measuring!
    Kim

    • Kim, I actually used poster board to make the footprints. I got out two pieces and layered them on top of each other and then took out my yardstick to make sure the distance between the middle toe and the base of the foot would be 36 inches long. Then I drew the footprints in pencil and then went over them in a black marker. After I cut them out, I laminated them.

  6. I love this! I hope to do something like this with my class. =)

8 Comments

  • I love how you measured the dinosaur feet!! So cute and the kiddos will remember that forever!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  • So much fun. I will be doing this with my kinder babies for sure. Our nonstandard unit of measurement will fall perfectly with our dino unit :) They will love it!!! I bet your kids had a blast :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  • Lori -

    This is so cute and clever! I bet your class had a lot of fun measuring!
    lraines78@gmail.com

  • I love this idea! I just did a blogpost on the dino scavenger hunt I did with my cuties, this would be such a fun additional to our unit! Did that giant foot fit in the laminator machine?! Sooo cute!
    ✿Sue
    Science for Kids Blog

    • Sue- I had to hold my breath as they went into the laminator but yes, they did fit!! :) ((barely!!) I am heading over to check out your post now!!

  • Kim -

    What a fantastic idea!! Did you use bulletin board paper? Thank you for sharing this idea! I can’t wait to use it when we get to measuring!
    Kim

    • Kim, I actually used poster board to make the footprints. I got out two pieces and layered them on top of each other and then took out my yardstick to make sure the distance between the middle toe and the base of the foot would be 36 inches long. Then I drew the footprints in pencil and then went over them in a black marker. After I cut them out, I laminated them.

  • I love this! I hope to do something like this with my class. =)

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