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Dinosaurs and living things


Years K-2
Terms 3-4 Wednesday–Friday
Minimum 15 students
Maximum 30 students


School programs and resources

How do we know about the lives of dinosaurs? Taught in the shadow of the dinosaur skeletons exhibition, your students will become junior palaeontologists as they explore fossils of living things and the world of dinosaurs. Through guided observations and hands on activities, students will examine  fossils and casts of dinosaur skulls and teeth allowing them to make connections between the observable features of dinosaurs and how they once lived.

Science inquiry skills will be developed as students work collaboratively to observe and compare objects, pose and respond to questions and make predictions – just like a real palaeontologist!

This 30 minute hands-on program is recommended as an introduction for classes visiting the Dinosaur Walk exhibition.

Curriculum links

Biological Science:


  • Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves

Level 3–4

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things
  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive

Science Inquiry Skills:


  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events
  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions

Level 3–4

  • Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings to show patterns and relationships using formal and informal scientific language