Are You Smarter Than a Dinosaur?
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This page first made public: Jun 4, 2009
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
Students with a basic background in major dinosaur groups and the common experience of getting "information" from the movies.
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
understand the importance of context in understanding paleontologic data, in this case, the importance of the data on living animals
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
See levels of uncertainty in real data; fitting lines by eye to noisy data.
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment:Student Handout for Dinosaur Intelligence Lab (Microsoft Word 43kB Jun4 09)
- Instructors Notes:Instructor Notes for Dinosaur intelligence lab (Microsoft Word 376kB Jun4 09)
- Solution Set:Dinosaur Intelligence Solution Set (Microsoft Word 23kB Jun4 09)
- Dinosaur Intelligence Spreadsheet (Excel 87kB Jun4 09)