Students watch a video about the discovery of the Baby Maiasaura. They learn about where dinosaur fossils can be found in Montana. On a map, students locate cities and towns in which dinosaur fossils have been found in Montana.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Montana Unit 2: Geography", which will introduce students to Montana’s unique geographical features and how they have changed over time.
3.2: Locate on a map or globe physical features (e.g., continents, oceans, mountain ranges, landforms) natural features (e.g., flora, fauna).
4.1: Identify and use various sources of information (e.g., artifacts, diaries, photographs, charts, biographies, paintings, architecture, songs) to develop an understanding of the past.
Helena District 4.1: Identify and use various sources to develop an understanding of the history of Montana (including MT Constitution).
- Video: GPS: Baby Maiasaura
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of Dino Trail Map handout
- Map: Montana Towns and Cities
- Disperse the Dino Trail Map handout to students.
- Explain that these locations are places where dinosaur fossils have been found or exhibited in Montana. In prehistoric times, Montana was covered in sea water and, as the sea diminished, it revealed fertile land that grew plants and trees that dinosaurs could eat. When the Ice Age began, many dinosaurs in Montana became fossilized.
- Have students make notes on the map about where some of these areas are, based on the information given in the video.
- Play the video, GPS: Baby Maiasaura. [7:39]
- Ask students to locate two of the places mentioned in the video (e.g., Egg Mountain and Museum of the Rockies), and see if they can fill in some of the nearby major cities on the Dino Trail Map handout.
- Project the Montana Town Map and have students label the rest of the Dino Trail locations.