Uncover Palaeontology at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in the education room and the galleries! The Palaeontology Foundation Programs for grades 10-12 is an engaging and interactive way for Alberta’s next generation to gain a foundation in Palaeontology. Learn about palaeontogical concepts from knowledgeable education coordinators, and specialists. All programs have at least nine program units which contain a lecture component, an interactive component, and an assignment.

The programs are premised on the required learning curriculum objectives outlined by the Alberta education curriculum. The lecture component will take place in the education room and will involve a lecture from a member of the education team as well as videos, and fossil handling. The interactive component will take place in the galleries. Students will be able to engage with the exhibits. Education staff and specialists will facilitate learning in the galleries. The last component of the programs will involve a group assignment which will be focused on the learning objective for the specific program unit. Students will present their group assignments to the museum staff upon their next visit to the museum.

Each module can be booked separately to fulfill curriculum connections in other high school course, or can be booked together as a Palaeontology program. Come and learn about palaeontology and prehistoric creatures with the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.


 

PALAEONTOLOGY 10

Grade 10-12

Program Length: 2 hours per unit

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

PALAEONTOLOGY 20

Grade 11-12

Program Length: 2 hours per unit

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

PALAEONTOLOGY 30

Grade 11-12

Program Length: 2 hours per unit

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

To book any of the modules for these fantastic programs please visit our Request a Program Page. For more information on booking and pricing please read our Field Trip Policies document.

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