Thursday, 10 January 2008

Video clip of 'Dig up the dinosaur'

Currently, the video is only available on YouTube. We're in the process of uploading the video in another way for those who can't access YouTube.

The video can also be accessed via our website here


choutzuyu said...

Sir, I think that your activity is very interesting. Pupils can learn many skills from this activity. However, I recommend that you might need to elaborate on this activity in order to make it more meaningful for the students to learn a various skills in this activity.

I suggest to incorporate the 5E learning cycle into this activity. This 5E learning cycle was proposed by Biological Science Curriculum Study(BSCS) in 1988(Bybee,1988; Bybee & Landes,1988). 5E learning cycle include five steps: Engagement、Exploration、Explanation、Elaboration ,and Evaluation. In this learning model, pupils can develop their own methods for digging fossils, and they can consider why scientists use the grid system to ensure that they won’t lose some important messages in digging fossils.

By the way, I still have a question to ask. I don’t know why you have to tell children the story that the rivals universities smashed up their rivals’ fossil bones. I think that story might not be an appropriate example for the pupils’ pure mind. At this age, pupils should learn how to fairly compete with their rivals but not to destroy their rivals. I suggest that you can change a story that will tell children how scientist cooperate with each others in a positive way, instead of negative situation.

Over and above are my suggestions. Because I am a Taiwanese , I can’t write English very well. I hope I haven't offended you in words. Thank for your activity which is very nice and interesting. It aroused me with many more ideas in earth science teaching.

Earthlearningidea team said...

This is a response to the previous comment. It is good to see that our subscribers are making links between the activities and their own country's educational programmes, such as the 5E learning cycle in Taiwan.
Modern pupils are rightly horrified at some of the misdemeanors of past
scientists, such as the rival dinosaur "hunters" or the person who carried out the Piltdown Skull "missing link" forgery. We hope that the pupils of today will determine never to do the same.