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Dino Challenge

Workshop at the Museum

Alex Tirabasso © Canadian Museum of Nature


Recommended for
Ontario: senior kindergarten and grade 1
Quebec: kindergarten and elementary cycle 1.

Using dexterity, creativity, observation, expression and association, students work through a variety of hands-on activities while exploring the fossil gallery.

With the help of an animator, students will learn what makes dinosaurs different from other reptiles, how they lived, and to recognize the differences between the herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs.

Students will also take on the role of a palaeontologist on a dig and reconstruct a dinosaur foot using bones.

Duration: 50 minutes.

Vocabulary sheet.

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 four different areas of the gallery to learn about the specific characteristics of dinosaurs. Students participate in a series of hands-on and motor-skills development activities, and are encouraged to ask questions.

Students split into small groups and work together to understand the how fossils are formed. Each group places photo cards in the appropriate order to depict the sequence of events that lead to the creation of a fossil.

For the final activity, small groups of students extract fossilized remains out of a matrix and assist in the reconstruction of a dinosaur foot.

Curriculum Links—Ontario


Science and Technology

Exploration and Experimentation

  • Sort and classify groups of living and non-living things in their own way.
  • Pose questions and make predictions and observations before and during investigations.
  • Communicate results and findings from individual and group investigations.


Geometry and Spatial Sense

  • Explore, sort, and compare traditional and non-traditional two dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures.

Grade 1

Science and Technology

Developing Investigation and Communication Skills

  • Identify the physical characteristics of a variety of plants and animals, including humans.

Curriculum Links—Quebec


Competency 1: Perform sensorimotor actions effectively in different contexts

  • To broaden his/her repertoire of actions.

Competency 5: Construct understanding of the world

  • Exercise thinking in a variety of contexts.
  • Organize information.
  • Describe his/her learnings.

Competency 6: Complete an activity or project

  • Become involved in the project or activity, drawing on his/her resources.

Elementary Cycle 1


  • To explore the world of science and technology.

Essential Knowledge

  • Animal's adaptation to its environment.
  • Foods of domesticated and wild animals.

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