Paleontologist Kids Activities Unit Study. Teach elementary-aged kids about paleontology, fossils, and dinosaurs while at the same time teaching them to evaluate the fossil record from two perspectives:

  • Flood Geologist aka Catastrophism Scientist
  • Evolutionist aka Uniformitarianism Scientist

Included in this unique activity pack curriculum are tables comparing the two perspectives. In addition is a clear description of what each side believes about the age of the earth, dinosaurs and the Fossil Record. (Post contains affiliate links)

Do all scientists believe that dinosaurs lived and died 65 million years ago?!

Is this the ONLY interpretation?

NO! There is more than one view on the age of the earth and on the time that dinosaurs lived. There is also an an alternative interpretation of the fossil record.

I have included both sides of the controversy in this unique Paleontologist Kids Activities Unit Study.

I designed this activity-stuffed paleontologist activities unit study with elementary-aged kids in mind. However, it can be used for younger and older kids as well, depending on their individual needs and abilities.

With this awesome unit study in hand, your kids can become REAL paleontologists and DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES which interpretation of the fossil record makes the most sense.

If you want to help build your children's critical thinking skills, and maybe even their faith, this super cool paleontologist kids activities pack will definitely help with this goal!

This Paleontologist Kids Activities Unit Study Includes:

  1. Original Geologic Column of the fossil record, complete with clip art images of fossils (Filled out and Blank for studying/testing)
  2. Table comparing the beliefs of Evolutionists and Creationists. (Filled out and Blank for studying/testing)
  3. In-depth questions on fossils. For example, defining what they are, how they form, how long it takes for a them to form.
  4. 5 Dinosaur Skeletons and 1 Flying Reptile Skeleton to label. (Answer key included).
  5. Page of Facts for each of the 6 dinosaurs/flying reptile.
  6. Fossil Word/Picture cards for matching/memorizing.
  7. Crossword Puzzle
  8. Fill in the Blank Worksheet with Word Bank
  9. Word Search
  10. Background information to help with teaching.

And last, but most certainly NOT least:

A Fully Animated Jeopardy Game PowerPoint Slide Show, complete with Final Jeopardy (all answers included). You can use this fun game for an entire classroom OR for just your family. You don't have to have PowerPoint to use this game. Plus, you should be able to add your own notes with the tools provided in the PowerPoint Slideshow File.

Categories in Jeopardy Game:

  1. The Fossil Record
  2. Catastrophism
  3. Uniformitarianism
  4. Dinosaur Facts
  5. Creation versus Evolution

You will receive 1 zip file with 2 files included:

1. Adobe PDF

2. PowerPoint Slideshow (You don't need to have PowerPoint to view this, animations and all)

Note: If you ever want to create your own game show using your own individual facts and unique subject matter. I created the awesome game using the blank template by Kristin Lee Resources which you can purchase here

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3 reviews for Paleontologist Kids Activities Unit Study

  1. April (verified owner)

    I was excited to try this out. I learned the “basics” about paleontology as a student but I’m thrilled to find something to help me dig deeper into with my children. I used this with both my 10 year old and my 13 year old, focusing more on the 13 year old. At first glance I thought I might need to add and implement more to this unit but that was not the case. It was more than sufficient material for him to have a great learning experience. This unit teaches the most important concepts of paleontology in kid friendly graphics, but also teaches kids the real words and both sides of the controversy! That was my favorite part, letting them think on which interpretation of the fossil record makes the most sense. We read the material several times during the week and will review material from the frequently until they grasp it fully. I liked the included “possible test” pages because I will add those to his portfolio fur evaluation. The only thing I added is I had the 13 year old write a short essay on what side he was partial to.

    • Deborah Hanyon, MPH, RDN, ACE-CHC

      Thank you so much April. I am so glad to hear that you and your son learned so much! Oh, and I LOVE your idea about adding the essay to help him form his own response to which side he is on. This will not doubt serve him well in the adult world. 🙂

  2. Chanda Fillingame (verified owner)

    I like how organized and easy to follow it is and that notes are given for further explanation/exploration. My 14 year old son is studying it and he enjoys it.

  3. Molly Cash (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the layout of this study and having both perspectives side by side. The game was a huge hit with both my 9 and 14 year old sons. The study itself was a bit dry for my 9 year old and didn’t keep his attention well, but he learned a lot from it, as did I.

    • Deborah Hanyon, MPH, RDN, ACE-CHC

      Hi Molly, thank you for your input. That’s really helpful.

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