Monday, May 24, 2010

Science Sunday – Dinosaur Teeth



I dreamt I was a dinosaur

I didn’t plan to have dinosaurs and their teeth as a science topic of the week, but Anna thought otherwise. For some reason her fascination with dinosaurs grew even more lately once she decided that they really died out and therefore not likely to come and get her. She pulled several dinosaur books from the shelves of the library including this book. I Dreamt I Was A Dinosaur is gorgeously illustrated and might encourage a lot of crafting for moms and May22_DinosaurTeethkids who are craftier than us. The  story is quite simple, but in the end of the story there are a couple of pages on paleontology and on different dinosaurs. Anna was mostly interested in who was a plant eater and who was a meat eater. Then she said that she wants to write her observations in the journal. She filled several pages drawing sharp teeth of meat-eaters and grinding teeth of plant-eaters. She insisted that plant eater teeth had bumps to help grind food – I guess there was May22_DinosaurTeeth1 a reference to this somewhere in the books she read. Those heart stickers were mostly to complete each drawing until she decided to switch from drawing teeth to making butterflies with her stickers. She also talked while she drew about human teeth and how we have front teeth for biting and molars for grinding, because we are omnivores (this bit of useful information is courtesy of Sid the Science Kid). She also informed me that she wants to watch Dinosaur Train again – she banned it a few months ago as “too scary”.

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13 comments:

April said...

Its funny how every kid seems to go through a dinosaur fascination at some point.

Debbie said...

Great job drawing the teeth, and making the connections with human teeth. That is so funny that she thought Dinosaur Train was too scary, Selena has never thought any of it scary.

Christy said...

I was going to say the same thing Debbie said about Dinosaur Train. My kids love that show.

I'm going to look for that book. Thanks.

I like Anna's drawings.

Mom and Kiddo said...

What is it with kids and dinosaurs?

Susan said...

We love Dinosaurs here and especially that book. I know that you are in the Bay area, and although it is a bit of a hike for you, my daughter loves the dinosaur bones at Berkley in the Museum of Paleontology. It is small, so plan for a few other things to do in Oakland, but my daughter still talks about it.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I love her sudden interest in dinosaurs! For some reason, Emily is fascinated with their teeth as well. I think it had something to do with learning that a T-Rex had 6 inch long teeth!

Pathfinder Mom said...

We're Dinosaur Train fans as well. It's really cute.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Funny, we spent our weekend watching Sid the Science Kid (which I think is a little odd), and Dinosaur Train (which my youngest found somewhat scarey, too), online.

And, this morning I put a hold on about 100 dino books from the library, in prep for jumping back on the dinosaur trail, this summer - I missed yours though, looks like I've got one more to add :)

I love that the heart stickers turned into butterflies - Anna might be craftier than you think!

Aging Mommy said...

I always imagined Dinosaurs would be a boy thing, but my daughter loves them too, and also Dragons.

Elise said...

Anna comes up with such clever ideas and activities to complement her books.

At the moment one of Savanna's favourite songs is about dinosaurs and because of this song Savvy knows quite a few different dinosaurs and some fascinating facts about them. Love songs that have great messages and can teach children some new and interesting information.

Fairion said...

We love Dinosaurs here and they are a sure stop at every science museum we go to. We have tons of dinosaur books are on our shelves including I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur. Froggy's current favorite is Dinosaurumpus!

MaryAnne said...

I think Dinosaur Train had an episode about teeth where they talked about bumps on herbivore teeth - so maybe that's where she got it?

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

We've had a come and go relationship with dinosaurs - which may have to do with fear and that concept of extinction you mentioned...

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