Students will visit several on-line museums with dinosaur
exhibits. While at the sites students will gather information about dinosaurs' habitats
and survival needs and ways in which dinosaurs met these needs. This information will serve as
the basis for a discussion of adaptation. In this discussion a comparison will be made
between adaptation of species including humans.
In developing our lessons and activities, we made some
assumptions about the hardware
and software that would be available in the classroom for teachers who visit the
LETSNet Website. We assume that teachers using our Internet-based lessons or
activities have a computer
(PC or Macintosh) with the necessary hardware components (mouse, keyboard, and
monitor) as well as software (operating system, TCP/IP software, networking or
software, e-mail and a World Wide Web client program, preferably Netscape, but
Mosaic or Lynx). In the section below, we specify any "special"
requirements for a lesson or activity (in addition to those described above)
and the level of Internet access required to do the activity.
We have drawn on science standards created by the National Research Center
and the State of Michigan. These standards provide
excellent guidelines for teachers on how to focus science in
One Computer versus Many
The plans for this unit are tailored to fit teaching situations where students have access to several computers with an Internet connection. To accommodate classrooms that do not have access to a computer lab with full Internet connections, students can work in research groups to explore Internet sites and conduct their research.
If you have only one computer with Internet access, you may choose to do one of the following: