Year 1

Dinosaurs and more

My, what big teeth you have… Find out how the physical features of dinosaurs and other animals help them meet their basic survival needs. Use this new understanding to design a defence against a dinosaur attack!

Dinosaurs and more addresses the AC Science Understandings ACSSU017 Living things have a variety of external features, and ACSSU211 Living things live in different places where their needs are met, in the context of comparing modern animals with dinosaurs.

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Dinosaurs and more provides students with hands-on opportunities to:

  • explore the external features of modern animals
  • compare skeletons of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals with modern animals
  • learn about the protective features of dinosaurs
  • observe and discuss teeth types in humans and other animals
  • label external features of fossilised prehistoric food sources

Students apply their new learning by:

  • designing, making and evaluating a shield inspired by the features that helps dinosaurs defend themselves

Linking science with literacy

In the Primary Connections approach, students are supported to create representations that draw on and strengthen their literacy development. In Dinosaurs and more, students represent and explain their understanding about how living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their needs are met, by creating these representations:

  • Annotated drawing 
  • Labelled diagram
  • Data table
  • T-chart
  • Word wall

This is a classic Primary Connections sequence aligned with the Australian Curriculum V8.4. It is only available as a downloadable package.

The Dinosaurs and more sequence package includes all the resources you need to teach this sequence, including:

  • The Dinosaurs and more unit PDF
  • Equipment list
  • Australian Curriculum v8.4 alignment
  • Student eResource sheets
  • Assessment resources:
    • Assessment rubrics
    • Work samples
    • Student self-assessment
    • Achievement standard class checklist

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