Lesson Plans for PaleoJoe Childrens’ Chapter Books

Excerpts can be used without purchase of the books, however, there are more activities that will enhance the students reading comprehension as well as reinforcing other subjects.This is a 400-page curriculum designed by a Michigan Private School includes dozens of activities for grade levels K-6 covering various disciplines such as math, spelling, language arts etc, using dinosaurs to help motivate students. The teacher can just choose the grade level and subject matter they wish to cover.



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How did the Tyrannosaurus rex feel after working all day (Dino-sore!) What do you call it when a dinosaur scores a touchdown. (A dino-score!) What has Three horns on it’s head and sixteen wheels? (A Triceratops on roller skates!) What does a triceratops sit on? (Its tricera-bottom!) Where did the Sauropods go on vacation? (To the dino-shore!) Where do Dinosaurs buy things? (At a dino-store!) What do you call a sleeping dinosaur? (A dino-snore!) Why did the dinosaur cross the road? (It was the chicken’s day off!) Receptionist: Doctor, there’s an invisible dinosaur in the waiting room. Doctor: Tell her I can’t see her! What do you get when dinosaurs crash their cars? (Tyrannosaurus wrecks!) What do you call a tyrannosaurus that talks and talks and talks? (A dinobore!) What do you call a dinosaur with no eyes? (Do-ya-think-he-saw-rus!) What’s the best way to talk to a Tyrannosaur? (Long distance!) Why are there old dinosaur bones in the museum? (Because they can’t afford new ones!) What makes more noise than a dinosaur? (Two dinosaurs!) What do you call a dinosaur that never gives up? (Try-Try-Try-ceratops!) What do you call a dinosaur that smashes everything in its path? (Tyrannosaurus wrecks!) What do you call Tyrannosaurus rex when it wears a cowboy hat and boots? (Tyrannosaurus tex!) What kind of dinosaur can you ride in a rodeo? (A Bronco-saurus!) What do you get when you cross a dinosaur with fireworks? (Dino-mite!) What does a giant Tyrannosaurus eat? (Anything she wants!) Do you know how long dinosaurs should be fed? (Exactly the same as short dinosaurs!) What should you do if you find a dinosaur in your bed? (Find somewhere else to sleep!) What’s as big as a dinosaur but weighs nothing? (A dinosaur shadow!) What do you get when a dinosaur sneezes? (Out of the way!) How do you know if there’s a dinosaur under your bed? (Your nose hits the ceiling!) Why was the dinosaur afraid of the ocean? (Because there was something fishy about it!) Mother: Why are you crying? Daughter: Because I wanted to get a dinosaur for my baby brother. Mother: That’s no reason to cry. Daughter: Yes it is! No one would trade me! What was the scariest prehistoric animal? (The Terror-dactyl!) What do you call it when a dinosaur slides in to home plate? (A dinoscore!) What do you get if you cross a Triceratops with a kangaroo? (A Tricera-hops!) What do you get if you cross a pig with a dinosaur? (Jurassic Pork!) What do you call a dinosaur that left its armor out in the rain? (A Stegosaurust!) What type of tool does a prehistoric reptile carpenter use? (A dino-saw!) Which dinosaurs were the best policemen? (Tricera-cops!) How do dinosaurs pay their bills? (With Tyrannosaurus checks!

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AR QUESTIONS BOOK 1 Disappearance of Dinosaur Sue 1. Apatosaurus is another name for Brontosaurus. 2. Crinoids, a form of prehistoric often called Lilies of the Seas are actually animals and not plants. 3. Sue, the largest T-Rex discovered was found by Amateur Paleontologist Sue Hendrickson. 4. So many things could scatter the bones of dinosaurs like scavengers and the action of water. 5. Sue’s skeleton was forty-two feet long or 12.8 meters on the metric scale. 6. Trilobites were prehistoric animals that lived in during the Paleozoic Era. 7. Quetzalcoatlus was the largest flying creature, as large as a World War II fighter airplane. 8. Modern science has allowed the paleontologist to recreate the lifestyle of some 8. Dinosaurs by reading the evidence surrounding the skeleton and the skeleton itself. 9. Matrix is the rock material bones are found in. 10. Sue the T- Rex was found in what State? South Dakota.
1.  What does the name Tyrannosaurus Rex mean in Greek or Latin       Tyrant Lizard King? 2   Name Two types of Trilobites  Phacops and Dalmanites… 3.  When Hurricanes happened wild winds churned up the water. What happened then  The land flooded and dirt washed into streams and rivers. It washed into lagoons and oceans. 4.  Stegosaurus was almost 30 feet long and their head was very small. It had a brain about the size of a Walnut. 5.  Trilobite fossils are used as index fossils to date the age of the rocks. 6. Why are complete dinosaur skeletons so hard to find?       A scavenger would crunch up the and tear the body apart, scattering bones everywhere. 7. If a bone is discovered, it is left in place and we will continue to remove dirt around it. 8. After a dinosaur bone is found we need to draw, measure, orient and photograph it. 10. It took scientists 50 years to discover the Oviraptor wasn’t stealing eggs it was protecting them.
1. A Titanothere was a primitive Rhinoceros that lived on the central plains of the United States about 10 Million Years ago. 2. Smilodon fatlais is the name for Saber toothed cats. Smilodon means knife-tooth. 3. The LaBrea Tar pits are in California. Rancho LaBrea is Spanish for tar ranch. It is one of the richest and most famous asphalt deposits of Ice Age fossils in the world. 4. Diatryma was a terrifying giant flightless bird. It grew to be 7 to 9 feet tall and had three toes on each foot. 5. Ice Age Dire Wolves were the largest wolves to ever live. They were related to the Grey Wolf but were much larger than wolves of today. 6. After the Ocean receded great pressure within the earth pushed oil upwards, and about 40,000 years ago it began to leak out of the sand and gravel at LaBrea. 7. The LaBrea tar pits are located in the city of Los Angeles, California on Wilshire Boulevard. 8. It was long thought that Saber-toothed cats killed their prey by sinking their giant canines into the neck of their victims. But paleontologists now reject that theory. 9. A study of bone injuries has led to a new picture. After a short run , the Saber-toothed cat would leap onto it’s prey expose the belly and then kill it by gashing a large wound in the soft underside. 10. Even the very smallest of fossils are important. They can tell us a lot about the environment.
1. Ferocious predators called Smilodon were a little shorter than modern lions but about twice as heavy and had bobtails. 2. Dromeosaurids are the fierce and terrible predators of the dinosaur world. 3. Dromeosaurus means swift running lizard. 4. Velociraptor means swift thief. 5. Deinonychus was discovered by Dr. John Ostrum in 1964. He found them in Montana. Deinonychus confirmed the existence of a group of dinosaurs that we called Raptors. 1. Raptors were bipedal. That means they walked on two legs like we do. 2. Dinosaur National Monument. It was discovered in 1909 by a paleontologist Earl Douglass. President Woodrow Wilson made it a National Monument in 1915. 3. The rock in this area is called the Morrison Formation. It is from the Late Jurassic Period and has proven to be the richest source of dinosaur fossils in North America. 4. Utahraptor had four toed  feet and on the second toe he carried a fifteen inch sickle-like claw. 5. Utahraptor was probably 20 feet in length and weighed close to a ton.

1. Shelly’s favorite prehistoric fish is the Dunkleosteus. 2 Answer the explorers question in book 5 What did the Dryosaurus say to his friend when they were sneaking past the hungry Allosaurus ?   Do you think he-saurus ? 3. The person who said to have found the first Icthyosaurus is Mary Anning. She was 12 years old and she excavated it herself. 4. Several prehistoric animals had ivory tusks but mainly the Mammoth and Mastodon had the largest. 5. At Mammoth site in South Dakota, about 26,000 years ago there was a limestone cavern. Limestone caverns can sometimes collapse. When they do they can form a type of sinkhole called karst. 6. When the sinkhole was formed it created a vertical shaft called a brecchia pipe. Eventually a spring formed and when animals came to drink and stepped in they were unable to get out because of the steep sides. 7. When the animals can’t get out they die of starvation, exhaustion or drowning. When the water dried up and the sinkhole filled in, it became their tomb. 8. The Columbian Mammoth descended from mammoths that crossed the Bering Land Bridge to get to North America. 9. Columbian Mammoths stood almost 14 feet tall at the shoulders. 10. Woolly Mammoths were smaller. They were only about eleven feet tall at the shoulder. They had large curved tusks. And they were covered in a hairy coat because they lived south of the ice sheets from northern Europe across Siberia and into North America.

Fossil Educator’s Kit!

PaleoJoe has created a Fossil Educator’s Kit for everyone including teachers. This kit contains 7 different fossils including real Brachiopods (Sea Shells) and Corals that PaleoJoe has collected himself. Also presented with the kit is a title card describing the fossils in the kit as well as a tri-fold brochure that described many other types of fossils, what they were and how they lived.

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