Te Ara Mokonui - Colossal Fossils
Prehistoric Aotearoa
Years 1 to 8Years 9 to 13Years 1 to 13Early childhood education
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Terms 1-4
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Auckland Museum | At your school | online
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50 minutes

This programme is for the following year groups: Years 1–4

Get hands-on with replica dinosaur bones and observe and identify the characteristics of well-known herbivore and carnivore dinosaur species.  

Delving deep into the fossil remains of prehistoric life, learners will discover the processes of palaeontology. Gain a greater appreciation for how dinosaurs have evolved, and how marine and avian reptiles differ.

Learning Outcomes
Learners will:

• Understand what a fossil is, how they are formed and why palaeontologists study them.
• Make connections between animals that live today and those that lived millions of years ago.
• Observe and identify the differentiating features of a variety of dinosaurs.
• Understand the principle of ‘mauri’ and explore the concept and practices of ‘kaitiakitanga’.
• Learn the whakapapa of various fossils found across Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa to make connections to their own past.

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This programme is also available in Te Reo Māori.

Image details: Cryolophosaurus ellioti, LH2099  © Auckland Museum CC BY

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