Museum of the Rockies is a world-renowned dinosaur research facility with one of the largest and most important collections of dinosaur fossils in the world.
Explore the science of paleontology and geology with free lessons and activities for all ages including:
This guide from Museum of the Rockies contains a variety of worksheet-based activities that invite you to discover the world of dinosaurs - how they grew, ate, lived, and died. The science of paleontology explores and studies these processes and students will learn to draw evidence-based conclusions from the layers of the earth, insides of fossil bones, and comparisons with species - such as birds - that exist today.
Each activity is accompanied by resource pages that give further context to the topic at hand and outlines how the activity should be structured.
Activity 1: Making a Fossil
Activity 2: Practices of Paleontology
Activity 3: A Changing Landscape
Activity 4: Once Upon a Time
Activity 5: Dinosaur… or Not?
Activity 6: Sort-A-Saurus
Activity 7: How Big?
Activity 8: What’s For Dinner?
Activity 9. Maiasaura
Activity 10: Triceratops
Activity 11: Relative vs. Absolute Dating
Activity 12: Fossils in Your Backyard
Activity 13: Histology
Activity 14: People of Paleontology
Funded by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnerships and the Museum of the Rockies, this curriculum promotes educational learning through the sciences of paleontology, geology, and astronomy.
These lessons were designed thoughtfully to be effective in both Japanese and American classrooms and museums. All partners contributed to writing and developing these lessons and activities. The format of each lesson plan blends the very different ways our two cultures structure curriculum. While some portions of this curriculum are adapted for our different cultures (like curriculum standards), our goal is that educators in both our cultures will be able to teach these lessons the same way, further uniting our communities.
Lessons cover star stories, star charts, constellations and classifying stars, volcanoes, natural disasters, sedimentology, practices of paleontology, fossils, and evolution.
Full Paleontology Unit
Full Geology Unit
In partnership with Montana Outdoor Science School, bring the museum’s popular Yellowstone-themed children’s discovery center to your home!
Build the Earth: Students role-play the location and characteristics of Earth’s layers
Caldera Collapse: Blowing up and popping a balloon under a layer of sand creates a realistic caldera
Geologic Fairy Tale: A play acting out the geologic history of the Yellowstone region
My Pet Rock: Students examine their rock, using all the senses except taste, then discover it while blindfolded
Rock Cycle Roll: Students act out the rock cycle by moving through stations that represent the life cycle of a rock
Rock Cycle Tag: A lively game of freeze tag that acts out a simple rock cycle
Rock to Rock: A FANTASY JOURNEY: A story that leads students on a guided visualization of their journey as a rock through the rock cycle
Rocketty Rock Rock Rock: A fast-moving game that teaches the names of the three rock kingdoms and how each rock type is formed
Yellowstone Geologic Timeline: Students draw a mural and layout a timeline rope marking major geologic events in the Yellowstone area