K-12 School Programs with curriculum connections including palaeontology, geology, social studies, science and art.

Now booking for the 2017/18 school year. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Tiny-saurs
Kindergarten

Meet baby puppet Dino Dale, sing-along to a dinosaur song and make a paleo-visor (a wonderful souvenir) to wear during an indoor adventure.

Dinosaur Puzzles
Grade 1

Words with a captivating rhythm set the students imagination into full Cretaceous swing before they puzzle over interpreting real 73-million year old fossils.

Bugs Before Time
Grade 2

Students examine specimens of modern and prehistoric insects by looking at fossils and replicas.

Geology Rocks
Grade 3

Meet a “Rock Cycle” puppet, learn about the Rock Cycle and explore rocks and minerals during a lab session!

Dinosaur Bonebed Tour
Grade 3 - 12

What was it like during the Cretaceous 73 million years ago? What dinosaurs and plants lived here? How did hundreds of dinosaurs die in one spot?

Fossils
Grade 3 - 12

During this very hands-on program, students examine real 73-million year old fossils and extraordinary replicas from Alberta and beyond.

Cretaceous Cooking
Grade 4

Students start the program with an art activity using dinosaur stencils and paint, which involves heat, pressure and time – the same ingredients it takes to make a fossil!

Creating Casts
Grade 4 - 12

Students make their own replica fossil to keep as a souvenir! During this interactive program students learn the differences between molds, casts and fossils.

CSI: Cretaceous Scene Investigation
*Starting Jan 2018* Grade 5-6

A dinosaur has been found murdered, the victim of a mysterious prehistoric crime!

Flyers and Gliders
*NEW* Grade 6

Students will explore how different types of animals have mastered the art of moving through the sky.

Rocks, Fossils and Glaciation
Grade 7

During this interactive presentation, students apply their knowledge to discover what Alberta was like during the Cretaceous.

Dino Tracker
Grade 10 - 11

Dinosaur footprints provide information on dinosaur speed and social behavior. Students analyze dinosaur trackways found locally and around the world.

Palaeontology 10
High School

An engaging and interactive way for Alberta’s next generation to gain a foundation in Palaeontology.

Palaeontology 20
Grade 11-12

Building upon previously learned concepts, Palaeontology 20 brings the next step in exciting hands-on learning.

Palaeontology 30
*Starting Feb 2018* Grade 11-12

Palaeontology 30 is the culmination of our Palaeontology Foundation Program.

K - 12 PROGRAM TESTIMONIALS

…the kids 100% engaged with the hands on portion. The presentation touched on many different points from the Alberta curriculum… the information that was presented with the fossil replica’s tied into Alberta background perfectly. The videos showed the landscape of Alberta, jobs, resources, animals and more.…

Melissa Metz, Grade 4 teacher, St. Mary’s School

C’était la première fois que je voyais la présentation et cela a dépassé mes attentes. Les élèves se sont bien amusés et ont beaucoup appris.

Donna Rideout, enseignante de 4e année, École publique I.V. Macklin

I was very pleased with the way information was embedded in all aspects of the program including: the slideshow, puppet show, fossil show-and-tell, and rock and mineral lab.

Collette Simpson, Grade 3 teacher, Harry Balfour School

I really enjoyed the presentation Dino Tracker for Grade 10. The greatest strength of the program was the mathematics at the end and doing the calculations and figuring out the dinosaur actual hip height and speed.

Sharon Barry, Grade 10 teacher, Grande Prairie Composite High School

Geology Rocks exceeded my expectations in many ways… on every learning style: visual, spatial, auditory, verbal, kinesthetic, logic, social and solitary! All students were engaged!

Michelle Sparkes, Grade 3 teacher, Aspen Grove Public School
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Tiny-saurs
Kindergarten

Program Length: 1 Hour

Meet baby puppet Dino Dale, sing-along to a dinosaur song, and make a paleo-visor (a wonderful souvenir) to wear during an indoor adventure where students meet modern animals and plants before stumbling upon a dinosaur nest. The eggs are missing! Students must search the room for the missing eggs. A fossil handling session ends the program as the students gather around the dinosaur nest.

Curriculum Connections – Kindergarten

Kindergarten: Students working together and cooperate with others.

Dimensions of Thinking: Historical thinking, students differentiate between events and activities that occurred recently and long ago.

K.21 Belonging – Values and Attitudes: The entire class participates and has to share with classmates.

Environment: The students become aware of importance of protecting the environment, to ensure the preservation of fossils.

Physical Skills: Students will practice and develop their locomotor skills with clapping and stomping during the dinosaur sing-a-long and egg hunt.

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Dinosaur Puzzles
Grade 1

Program Length: 1 Hour

This program starts with an interactive reading of a book by Robert Heidbreder called, “Drumheller Dinosaur Dance”. The students participate during the dinosaur storybook reading by doing a mini-choreographed dino dance and reading out loud the repetitive main verse of the story. After the reading the students examine replicas and real 73 million year old fossils. To conclude, they put on their palaeontologist hats and work together in teams to construct giant dinosaur puzzles constructed out of foam.

Curriculum Connections – Grade 1

Science Topic C – Building Things:
Construct giant model dinosaur puzzles out of 3D foam pieces. Look at an image of what you are trying to construct and with guidance, begin to recognize the component parts that make up the whole.

Science Topic E – Needs of Animals and Plants:
Observe and compare fossilized animals and consider what those animals were like, how they lived, where they lived and if anything like them lives today.

Music:
Skill Moving: Respond to beat through action and simple body percussion.
Skill Listening: Students will be an attentive member of an audience.

Physical Education:
A1-9 and A1-9 Application of Basic Skills in Dance: students perform simple movements by using elements of effort and space to respond to a variety of stimuli (e.g. music) and demonstrate body awareness when performing dance activities.

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Bugs Before Time
Grade 2

Program Length: 1.5 Hours

A dragonfly with a 1 meter wing span! A 7-foot millipede! Students examine specimens of modern and prehistoric insects by looking at fossils and replicas. Participating in hands-on centres,  the students learn about Arthropods of the past and present.

Curriculum Connections – Grade 2

Science Topic E – Small Crawling and Flying Animals:
Students examine live and fossilized small crawling and flying animals and come to understand their basic needs of air, food, water, shelter and any special characteristics that help the animal survive in its home. Students learn about the structure and life habits, where modern invertebrates (i.e. spiders, worms and other insects) and prehistoric insects and animals lived, what they ate, what they were eaten by and features of the animals that suit them to their particular environment.

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Geology Rocks
Grade 3

Program Length: 2 hours

Meet a “Rock Cycle” puppet, learn about the Rock Cycle and explore rocks and minerals during a lab session!

This program features a “Rock Cycle” puppet who shares his life story about going through the rock cycle. Students examine real fossils during the puppet show and use the interactive SMART board technology to enhance  their learning, engagement and understanding about rocks, minerals and the rock cycle.

Students engage in different scientific tests to determine one mineral from another, and the many types of rocks that exist on our planet. Each student is given a different mineral to explore at 9 different work stations using tools such as magnets, nails, tiles, and microscopes to determine its properties. They examine fluorescent minerals, analyze slabs of sedimentary and metamorphic rocks under microscopes, prospect for pieces of pyrite, sort rocks and learn what we use minerals for within the school, home and the community.

Curriculum Connections

Grade 3 (Science) Topic A: Rocks and Minerals
Examine rock samples and discover similarities and differences using simple tests and tools. Recognize rocks are composed of a variety of materials. Describe ways in which rocks break down. Learn about rocks and minerals by closely examining samples. Describe and classify particular rocks and minerals based on properties including colour, luster, hardness and shape. Given a course-grained rock and magnifier to describe some of the component materials.Learn common uses of rocks and minerals in the school, home and community.

Grade 3(Science) Topic E: Animal Life Cycles
Classify animals based on observable characteristics: e.g. limbs, teeth, backbone.

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Dinosaur Bonebed Tour
Grade 3 - 12

Program Length: 2 hours

What was it like here 73 million years ago during the Cretaceous? What dinosaurs and plants lived here? How did hundreds of dinosaurs die in one spot? Discover some answers and some theories to these questions during this dinosaur bonebed tour.

This 2-hour tour of a dinosaur bonebed takes place at Pipestone Creek Park, located 19 west of Grande Prairie and then 19 kilometers south of the Town of Wembley. Schools must arrange their own transportation. Students experience an unforgettable field trip on this two and half kilometer hike (round trip). They examine real fossils, learn the different types of dinosaurs found in northern Alberta and what force exposed the rocks we find dinosaurs in. Students use clues they learn throughout the hike to piece together theories of how hundreds of dinosaurs may have died in one spot.

Safety waivers must be signed by all participants. Hiking shoes, water, sunscreen, bug spray and a hat are recommended. Please call for more details 780-532-2362 ext.3.

* Hike subject to weather conditions.

Curriculum Connections

Grade 3 –  (Science) Topic E: Animal Life Cycles
Classify animals based on observable characteristics: e.g. limbs, teeth, backbone. Describe the appearance of life cycles of animals and identify adaptations to different environments. Identify examples of environmental conditions that may threaten animal survival, and identify examples of extinct animals.

Grade 4 – (Social Studies) Alberta: The Land, Histories and Stories
Understand and appreciate how palaeontology is integral to the landscapes and environment of Alberta. 4.1.1 appreciate Alberta’s fossil heritage.

Grade 4 – (Science) Topic A: Waste & Our World
Identify plant and animal wastes, and describe how they are recycles in nature.

Grade 6 – (Science) Topic D: Evidence & Investigation
Observe and interpret evidence of animal activity in a natural outdoor setting. They observe markings and things left behind like bones and teeth. They pose questions, recognize patterns and discrepancies and think logically about what they have observed.

Grade 6 – (Science) Topic E: Trees and Forests
Learn about trees as individual plants, examine local species, recognize the characteristics of different trees, describe and classify leaf shape, and deciduous from coniferous trees.

Grade 7(Science) Unit E: Planet Earth
Recognize glacial erosion and river erosion, see an example of core drilling used in the field, describe local rocks and identify evidence of their formation, describe the role of fossil evidence in interpreting sedimentary rock, interpret examples of weathering erosion and sedimentation, identify the portions of living things most likely to be preserved, identify possible means of preservation, identify uncertainties in interpreting individual items of fossil evidence; and explain the role of accumulated evidence in developing accepted scientific ideas, theories and explanations.

Grade 8(Science) Unit E: Freshwater and Saltwater Systems
Erosion and deposition, glaciers and icecaps. Investigate and interpret linkages among landforms, water and climate, describe the processes of erosion and deposition resulting from water flow, identify evidence of glacial action.

Grade 11 – (Science) Unit C: The Changing Earth
Analyze and assess the evidence provided by the fossil record and identify life forms of past eras. Describe common types of fossilization, actual remains, imprints, tracks, trails, burrows. Explain how fossils can provide evidence of chronology, paleoclimate, evolution and mass extinction.

Grade 11 – (Science) Unit D: Changing in Living Systems
Describe evidence for evolution by natural selection e.g. fossils, describe how paleontology has provided invaluable data in the attempt to explain observable variations in organisms.

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Fossils
Grade 3 - 12

Program Length: 45 Minutes to 1 Hour

During this very hands-on program, students examine real 73-million year old fossils and extraordinary replicas from Alberta and beyond.

Curriculum Connections

Grade 3 –  (Science) Topic E: Animal Life Cycles
Classify animals based on observable characteristics: e.g. limbs, teeth, backbone. Describe the appearance of life cycles of animals and identify adaptations to different environments. Identify examples of environmental conditions that may threaten animal survival, and identify examples of extinct animals.

Grade 4(Social Studies) Alberta: The Land, Histories and Stories
Understand and appreciate how palaeontology is integral to the landscapes and environment of Alberta. They will appreciate Alberta’s fossil heritage.

Grade 7(Science) Unit E: Planet Earth
Describe the role of fossil evidence, identify the portions of living things most likely to be preserved, identify possible means of preservation, examine real fossils and casts.

Grade 11(Science) Unit C: The Changing Earth
Analyze and assess the evidence provided by the fossil record, identify life forms of past eras, fossilization, mass extinction. Describe common types of fossilization, actual remains, molds, imprints, tracks, trails, burrows. Explain how fossils can provide evidence of chronology, paleoclimate, evolution and mass extinction.

Grade 11 – (Science) Unit D: Changing in Living Systems
Describe evidence for evolution by natural selection e.g. fossils, describe how paleontology has provided invaluable data in the attempt to explain observable variations in organisms.

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Cretaceous Cooking
Grade 4

Program Length: 2 hours

Students start the program with an art activity using dinosaur stencils and paint, which involves heat, pressure and time – the same ingredients it takes to make a fossil! Students get to keep their art project as a souvenir. To help the students fully grasp the concept of fossilization, and the ingredients necessary to make one, students participate in a dramatization where they “bake” fossils using a magic Cretaceous oven. They then examine and handle real 73-million year old fossils and extraordinary replicas while learning the fossils laws of Alberta. The day ends learning what is a dinosaur and what is not. Six student put on fun dinosaur heads and with the help of the other students finish the program with a trivia game reviewing the day!

Curriculum Connections

Grade 4 (Social Studies) Alberta: The Land, Histories and Stories:
Students will understand and appreciate how palaeontology is integral to the landscapes and environment of Alberta.

  • 4.1.1 Appreciate Alberta’s fossil heritage
  • 4.1.3 Examine how palaeontology contributes to the knowledge of Alberta’s physical geography. How did palaeontologist’s discover the presence of dinosaurs in Alberta?
  • 4.1.4. How can ownership of a discovered artifact (fossil) be determined?

Grade 4(Art) Painting
Continue to use paint in combination with other media and techniques.

Grade 4 – (Art) Print Making
Make prints using stencils. Explore printing with more than one colour.

Drama
Dramatization: Students will accept role playing as a positive learning experience

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Creating Casts
Grade 4 - 12

Program Length: 1 Hour

Students make their own replica fossil to keep as a souvenir! During this interactive program students learn what are molds, what are casts and what are fossils? While they wait for their replicas to dry, students will be engaged with filmed footage of our palaeontologist Dr. Bell. They will learn what happens to a fossil from its discovery to its star appearance in the museum exhibit.

Curriculum Connections

Grade 4 – (Social Studies) Alberta: The Land, Histories and Stories:
Understand and appreciate how palaeontology is integral to the landscapes and environment of Alberta. Appreciate Alberta’s fossil heritage.

Grade 7 – (Science) Unit E: Planet Earth:
Describe the role of fossil evidence, identify the portions of living things most likely to be preserved, identify possible means of preservation, understand the formation of molds and casts.

Grade 11 – (Science) Unit C: The Changing Earth:
Analyze and assess the evidence provided by the fossil record, identify life forms of past eras, fossilization. Describe common types of fossilization, actual remains, molds, imprints, tracks, trails, burrows.

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CSI: Cretaceous Scene Investigation
*Starting Jan 2018* Grade 5-6

Program Length: 1.5 Hours

A dinosaur has been found murdered, the victim of a mysterious prehistoric crime! It’s up to the Cretaceous Scene Investigation crew to analyze the evidence, come up with a theory, and figure out what happened to this poor unfortunate fossil.

curriculum connections

Grade 5 – (Science) Problem Solving through Technology
5.3 Design and carry out an investigation of a problem, and develop a practical solution

Grade 6 – (Science) Topic D: Evidence and Investigation
6.8 Apply observation and inference skills to recognize and interpret patterns and to distinguish a specific pattern from a group of similar patterns.
6.9 Apply knowledge of the properties and interactions of materials to the investigation and identification of a material sample.

 

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Flyers and Gliders
*NEW* Grade 6

Program Length: 1 Hour

Students will explore how different types of animals have mastered the art of moving through the sky. We’ll discuss how evolution has given living and extinct creatures amazing aerodynamic features. Students will also examine real fossil remains and modern animal specimens to see how nature’s flyers and gliders have changed over time.

Curriculum connections

Grade 6 – (Science)  Topic A: Air and Aerodynamics
By studying birds, students learn a variety of adaptations and designs that make flight possible and that provide for propulsion and control.

Outcomes:

  • Provide evidence that air takes up space and exerts pressure, and identify examples of these properties in everyday applications
  • Describe and demonstrate instances in which air movement across a surface results in lift- Bernoulli’s principle
  • Recognize that in order for devices or living things to fly, they must have sufficient lift to overcome the downward force of gravity
  • Identify adaptations that enable birds and insects to fly
  • Describe the means of propulsion for flying animals and for aircraft
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Rocks, Fossils and Glaciation
Grade 7

Program Length: 45 Minutes

What was it like in Alberta during the Cretaceous? And how do scientists know?

During this interactive presentation, students apply their knowledge of the rock cycle, fossils, glaciation, the Earth’s orbit and the effect of volcanic eruptions, to discover what Alberta was like during the Cretaceous. The presentation gives students bite-sized appetizers of the different ways scientists know what it was like here 73 million years ago. Through the examination of real fossils and participating in a dramatization of the last glaciation and the formation of a hoodoo, the presentation leaves the students itching for more and an appreciation for geology, palaeontology and science.

Curriculum Connections

Grade 7 – (Science) Unit E: Planet Earth
Formation of igneous rock, metamorphism and sedimentary processes, geological time scale, fossil formation, weathering and erosion.

Outcomes:

  • interpreting evidence that Earth’s surface undergoes e.g. volcanoes, glacial erosion and river erosion
  • describe characteristics of the three main classes of rocks
  • describe the role of fossil evidence in interpreting sedimentary rocks
  • describe local rocks and sediments, and interpret ways they have formed
  • investigate and interpret examples of weathering, erosion and sedimentation
  • describe the nature of different kinds of fossils (e.g. identify the kinds of rocks where fossils are likely to be found, identify possible means of preservation)
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Dino Tracker
Grade 10 - 11

Program Length: 75 Minutes

Dinosaur footprints provide information on dinosaur speed and social behavior. Students analyze dinosaur trackways found locally and around the world. Examining real and replica trace fossils, they come to understand how the fossil record gives insight to prehistoric life. Using mathematical equations and scientific calculators, students determine the height and speed of three different dinosaurs using only the dinosaur footprints! *scientific calculators must be supplied by the students or school.

Curriculum Connections

Grade 10 – Mathematics 10-3 and 10C Measurement
Demonstrate an understanding by describing and calculating the relationship of the units for length and the velocity of an object. Students will solve problems that involve linear measurement, using instruments such as tape measures.

Grade 10 – Mathematics 10C
Algebra and Number Outcome # 3 – demonstrate an understanding of powers with integral and rational exponents

Grade 11 – (Science) Unit C: The Changing Earth
Analyze and assess the evidence provided by the fossil record and identify life forms of past eras. Describe common types of fossilization, actual remains, imprints, tracks, trails, burrows. Explain how fossils can provide evidence of chronology, paleoclimate, evolution and mass extinction.

Grade 11 – (Science) Unit D:Changing in Living Systems
Describe evidence for evolution by natural selection e.g. fossils, describe how paleontology has provided invaluable data in the attempt to explain observable variations in organisms.

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Palaeontology 10
High School

Program Length: 2 Hours per module

Uncover Palaeontology at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in the education room and the galleries! The Palaeontology Foundation Programs for High School students is an engaging and interactive way for Alberta’s next generation to gain a foundation in Palaeontology.

With nine programs units the concepts in Paleontology 10 lay the ground work for paleontological and geological knowledge. The program is premised on learning curriculum objectives outlined by the Alberta education curriculum. Each unit can be booked separately to meet curriculum connections in other High School Science course or run together as a Palaeontology course.

Lecture One
Rock cycle, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanism, Geologic Time Scale, and significant palaeontologists and geologists

Lecture Two
Predator prey relationships in modern and ancient environments

Lecture Three
Evolution: Anatomy and Functionality

Lecture Four
Fossil types and fossilization processes

Lecture Five
Dating Methods

Lecture Six
Vertebrates and Invertebrates

Lecture Seven
Trophic relationships and animal behaviour

Lecture Eight
Dinosaur taxonomy and the scientific process

Lecture Nine
Fieldwork and Labwork

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Palaeontology 20
Grade 11-12

Program Length: 2 Hours per module

Uncover Palaeontology at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in the education room and the galleries! The Palaeontology Foundation Programs for High School students is an engaging and interactive way for Alberta’s next generation to gain a foundation in Palaeontology.

With nine programs units the concepts in Paleontology 20 build upon the knowledge gained in Paleontology 10. The program is premised on learning curriculum objectives outlined by the Alberta education curriculum. Each unit can be booked separately to meet curriculum connections in other High School Science courses or run together as a Palaeontology course.

Lecture One
Geological Time, Systematics, Fossil beds and the Fossil Record

Lecture Two
Evolutionary History, Vertebrate, Invertebrate, and Plant Organisms

Lecture Three
Evolutionary Theory, Natural Selection, Fossil Record, and Data Interpretation

Lecture Four
Evolution of Modern Species to Ancestral Forms, Mechanisms of Evolution, and Evolutionary Constraints

Lecture Five
Dinosaur Evolution, Dinosaur Physiology, and the evolution of Flight

Lecture Six
Gigantism in fossil animals, Co-evolution of dinos and plants

Lecture Seven
Dinosaur Social Behaviour, and Research in Palaeontology

Lecture Eight
Extinctions Types and Distribution of Biodiversity over Space and Time

Lecture Nine
Pseudoscience Examined, Palaeoenvironments and Palaeogeography

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Palaeontology 30
*Starting Feb 2018* Grade 11-12

Program Length: 2 Hours per module

Uncover Palaeontology at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in the education room and the galleries! The Palaeontology Foundation Programs for High School students is an engaging and interactive way for Alberta’s next generation to gain a foundation in Palaeontology.

With ten programs units the concepts in Paleontology 30 build upon the knowledge gained in Paleontology 10 & 20. The program is premised on learning curriculum objectives outlined by the Alberta education curriculum. Each unit can be booked separately to meet curriculum connections in other High School Science courses or run together as a Palaeontology course.

Lecture One
History and Principles of Palaeontology

Lecture Two
Principles of Geology

Lecture Three
Evolution and Systematics

Lecture Four
Evolution of Invertebrates

Lecture Five
Vertebrate Evolution and Anatomy

Lecture Six
Dinosaur Biology

Lecture Seven
Dinosaur Evolution and Diversity

Lecture Eight
Applied Dinosaur Palaeontology

Lecture Nine
Origin and Evolution of Mammals

Lecture Ten
Extinction, the Rise of Humans, and Modern Conservation Efforts

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