Lesson Plan: ⁣What Can We Learn from the New Dinosaur Exhibit at the Natural History Museum?

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Lesson Plan: ⁣What Can We Learn from the New Dinosaur Exhibit at the Natural History Museum?

Grade Level: K-12

Objective: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to understand the importance of studying dinosaurs and identify key facts about the new dinosaur exhibit at the Natural History Museum.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3: Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7: Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

- Access to the internet or library resources
- Paper and pencils


1. Introduction (5 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by asking students if they have ever been to a museum or seen a dinosaur exhibit.
- Show them pictures or videos of the new dinosaur exhibit at the Natural History Museum.
- Ask students what they think they can learn from studying dinosaurs.

2. Research and Discussion (15 minutes):
- Divide students into small groups and assign each group a specific dinosaur from the exhibit.
- Instruct students to conduct research on their assigned dinosaur, including its characteristics, habitat, and any interesting facts.
- Encourage students to discuss and share their findings within their groups.

3. Presentations (15 minutes):
- Have each group present their findings to the class, highlighting the unique aspects of their assigned dinosaur.
- Encourage students to actively listen and take notes on the different presentations.

4. Class Discussion (10 minutes):
- Lead a class discussion on the importance of studying dinosaurs and the significance of the new exhibit.
- Ask students to draw connections between the different dinosaur species and their characteristics.

5. Reflection and Wrap-up (5 minutes):
- Have students individually write a short paragraph reflecting on what they learned from the lesson and their favorite dinosaur from the exhibit.
- Allow a few students to share their reflections with the class, if time permits.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

Join me for a virtual tour in high-resolution 4K through one of the best museums in D.C. The Natural History Museum holds the distinction of being the world's most popular natural history museum. It recently unveiled a fantastic new dinosaur exhibit featuring many large, complete dinosaur specimens.

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