In 1993, the movie "Jurassic Park" popularised the modern study of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs roamed during the Mesozoic Era, which lasted from 180 to 200 million years ago. Children are curious, and teaching them about dinosaurs using displays is a simple yet enjoyable way they can learn about them.
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Create a landscape wall display using coloured paper and children's artwork. Decorate the wall in a simple blue and green landscape environment. Involve your students in decorating a dinosaur of their choice and labelling it with the scientific name, its common name and era and period it roamed the earth. For example, the Tyrannosaurus Rex lived during the Cretaceous Period of the Mesozoic Era.
Create a Timeline
Create a timeline of the Mesozoic Era and the periods it encompassed. Line one or two walls in your room with a border of a timeline. It should be low enough for children to reach. Start the timeline with the Early Triassic Period and extend it to the late Cretacious Period, which is where the Mesozoic ends. Have your students find illustrations either online or in magazines of dinosaurs from each period and have them label them appropriately.
Create a Realistic Diorama
Create a realistic display of a dinosaur. For example, the Herrerasaurus is not well-known, but lived in the mid-Triassic Period in regions in South America, such as Argentina. Find a picture or toy of your chosen species and fill your diorama with leaves and fake trees that may have been common for the time. If you choose to use an illustration, cut it out, paste it to cardboard and make a simple stand so it stays upright. Use this to start a discussion of dinosaurs and the different characteristics of each.
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