Me "Are dragons real or pretend?"
First graders "Pretend"
Me "What about Dinosaurs? Real or pretend?"
First Graders "Real"
Me "How do you know dinosaurs were real? Had any of you ever seen one in real life or in a zoo?"
Pause, Fist graders
"They are real because they lived a long time ago."
"We have heard stories about them."
"We read about them."
Still I pressed them, "Some stories aren't real. What proof do you have that dinosaurs were real?"
First graders. (Now they grasp what I am after) "There are bones left behind." "Fossils"
Me: I have some really interesting books all about fossils and dinosaurs in the library that I would love to show you guys.
First graders: "Yeah!"
"I love dinosaurs"
"I read a book about a _____________________ (insert hard to pronounce dinosaur name)."
lesson plans, videos about fossil hunting, and activities.
Here is one in particular I really like. Plus Click here for a PDF version
The folks at Texas Parks and Wildlife are the best. They believe in sharing the knowledge.