Dinosaur Diets- Part 2 (One Computer)

Dinosaur Diets- Part 2 (One Computer)

Author: Paula French

Students will use Play-Doh to make dinosaur foods.  Three foods will be for carnivorous dinosaurs and three foods will be for carnivorous dinosaurs.  Students will use a digital camera to take pictures of the foods, and will use the pictures of the foods to create an online collage using Photovisi.

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Content Standards

Speaking and Listening Standards

  • Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.  
  • Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
  • Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

Science Standards for Life Sciences

Plants and animals meet their needs in different ways.  As a basis for understanding this concept: Students know both plants and animals need water, animals need food, and plants need light.

  • Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.

Technology Standards ISTE Standards, Digital Citizenship

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

  • Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.    
  • Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
  • Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.

Technology Operations and Concepts

  • Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
  • Understand and use technology systems.
  • Select and use applications effectively and productively.   

Day One

Present students with sample of dino foods made with Play-Doh and with pictures of the foods on a Photovisi collage.  Explain to students that for this week, they will create dino foods for carnivore and herbivore dinosaurs, take pictures of the foods, and present the pictures of the foods on a Photovisi collage.



Teaching Procedure and Guided Practice

  1. Pass out Play-Doh to students.
  2. Ask students to think about foods that carnivore and herbivore dinosaurs ate.
  3. Instruct students to use the Play-Doh to make three foods that are appropriate for carnivore dinosaurs and three foods that are appropriate for herbivore dinosaurs.
  4. Walk around the classroom to observe students’ foods.
  5. Invite students to ask for assistance if they are having difficulty.
  6. Continue to walk around the classroom and observe students making sure they complete the project.
  7. Place each student's project on a designated table.

Day Two

Present a digital camera to students and explain to them that they will use one to take pictures of their dino foods.

Teaching Procedure and Guided Practice

  1. Instruct each student to take their Play-Doh dino foods from the designated table and put them on their desks.
  2. Demonstrate to students how to take a picture using a digital camera.
  3. Help each student take a picture of each his or her dino foods.
  4. Write each student’s name on the back of his or her pictures.
  5. Collect the pictures so that they can be used for students’ Photovisi collages for the next lesson.

Day Three & Four

Present to students a Photovisi collage of foods.  Explain to students that they will make a Photovisi collage of the pictures of their Play-Doh dino foods.

Teaching Procedure and Guided Practice

  1. Log on to the website, http://www.photovisi.com.
  2. Divide the class into 6 groups of 3 to 4 students for each group.
  3. Instruct all groups to discuss their dino foods while waiting to start their Photovisi projects.
  4. Select one group and demonstrate the steps in making a Photovisi collage.
  5. Allow each student in the group practice making a collage.
  6. Scan each student’s dino pictures on the computer.
  7. Assist each student in making his or her collage.
  8. Invite each student to ask questions if they have difficulty.
  9. Save each student's Photovisi collage for the next lesson.
  10. Repeat steps 4-9 for all groups.

Day Five

Explain to students that they will present their collages to the class.

Teaching Procedure and Guided Practice

  1. Place students in the same groups as the day before.
  2. Select a group and open the files of each student’s saved collage.
  3. Allow students to view their classmates Photovisi collages.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the rest of the groups.
  5. Discuss students thoughts about the entire project with the class.