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From the moment that I had cracked open the book series, Dinosaur Wars, by Michael O'Hearn, I knew that THIS concept, a battle of beasts, would be the perfect foundation for a research project. This book series by Capstone is a favorite among my dinosaur lovers. Each book gives you factual information about two different dinosaurs, focusing on their strengths and weaknesses, and then pits the two dinosaurs in a battle. The book culminates with a narrative of this showdown.
WE HAD A BLAST! Students researched an assigned/chosen dinosaur, and then partnered with a peer who had researched a different dinosaur. Students used the knowledge that they acquired and their research notes to put their dinosaurs together in an imaginary head to head combat.
After students put their dinosaurs to the test, they took their notes and their ideas and created a written narrative of the battle that would have taken place if these two dinosaurs were to meet. They typed their narratives into a Google Document using their Chromebooks.
Ready to do battle yourself? Well, you are in luck. Click HERE or on the pix below to take you to a FREE project outline. The project outline includes links to a couple of great videos that you can use to get your kids hooked, a hyper-linked list of dinosaur research websites, a step by step guide on how I conducted this project, and a free graphic organizer.
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