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Are We Dinosaurs?

Workshop at the Museum

Jana Gillis © Canadian Museum of Nature


Recommended for
Ontario: grade 2
Quebec: elementary cycle 1.

During this workshop, students will study skeletons to discover the similarities and differences among humans, dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.

They will learn about why creatures adapted to their environment over time.

Students will also get to create their own dinosaur fossil footprint to take home.

Duration: 50 minutes.

Curriculum links (link goes to the bottom of the page).


  • October 3, 2017 – May 31, 2018
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • Workshop starting time: 9:45 am, 11 am, 12:15 pm.


  • $9 per student (tax not included)
  • Second workshop on the same day: $4 per student (tax not included)
  • See if your class qualifies for Nature Express, our financial-aid programme.

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Accompanied by an animator, the students explore the fossil gallery. Students stop in different areas of the gallery to learn about the specific characteristics of dinosaurs.

Students examine and compare parts of their body with the body parts of the animal skeletons to identify similarities and differences.

Students also look at how the animals' characteristics adapted to suit the environments they lived in.

Curriculum Links—Ontario

Grade 2

Science and Technology

Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Animals

  • Observe and compare the physical characteristics and the behavioural characteristics (e.g., predator or prey) of a variety of animals, using student-generated questions and  a variety of methods and resources.
  • Investigate the ways in which a variety of animals adapt to their environment and/or to changes in their environment, using various methods.
  • Identify and describe major physical characteristics of different types of animals.

Curriculum Links—Quebec

Elementary Cycle 2

Science and Technology

Competency: To explore the world of science and technology

  • Learn to use simple tools and procedures.
  • To become familiar with scientific and technological ways of reasoning and doing things.

Essential Knowledges / Living Things

  • Animal's adaptation to its environment (e.g., anatomy, behaviour).

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