The film Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure journeys 80 million years back in time to an age when mighty dinosaurs dominated the land—and an astonishing assortment of ferocious creatures swam, hunted, and fought for survival beneath the vast, mysterious prehistoric seas.
Get activities and multimedia to help your students understand prehistoric marine reptiles and the scientists who study them.
Students use toothpicks to make a skeleton model of a sea reptile that lived more than 65 million years ago.
Students create sea creature trading cards and trade them with their classmates.
Students learn how scientists use one of three ways to name a living thing. Students practice by inventing new names for prehistoric sea creatures.
Students investigate adaptations—changes in body parts or behaviors—
that helped prehistoric marine reptiles survive in the Cretaceous period.
Students analyze illustrations to understand how a fossil forms. Then they make a model of fossils found in sediment layers and eat it.
Students brainstorm examples of familiar animals and their needs. They learn that a habitat satisfies the basic needs that must be met for an animal to survive.
Students discuss the work of paleontologists. Then they read excerpts from an interview with paleontologist Paul Sereno, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, who discovered SuperCroc in sub-Saharan Africa.
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