Interpreting Dinosaur Tracks Activity



This is an open-ended creative writing assignment with any number of creative, yet plausible interpretations possible. Students assume the roles as paleontologists and write a short story based on a series of fossilized dinosaur footprints.

Paleontologists use all possible clues to reconstruct the form and habits of past life. While not an actual piece of an animal, footprints preserved in sedimentary rock layers can give evidence for the size, structure, and actions of ancient life forms.

Teacher notes are included in addition to probing questions to help those students who might be a bit unimaginative.

Grade Levels: 6th – 12th
Total Pages: 3
Teaching Duration: 1 Hour

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