My oldest child has been very interested in dinosaurs since he was a toddler. Even though he’s going on 7, whenever I ask him if there’s anything he’d like to learn more about, “dinosaurs” is always at the top of his list. Over a year ago, I made these free dinosaur cards and lapbook to support his enthusiasm for the subject. Ever since, I’ve been wanting to make some more paleontology-themed material, but I just never got around to it.
Recently I was reading the book Fly Guy Presents: Dinosaurs with my 1st grader. He’s a big fan of the Fly Guy easy reader series, but we were unfamiliar with the “Fly Guy Presents” non-fiction series. We’ll definitely be checking out more. The dinosaur book was perfect for his level of understanding and the inspiration for these Montessori-inspired multi-part cards.
The 12 paleontology cards in this set are almost entirely from this book. The only one I added was “ammonite” since my son has an ammonite fossil. To use them, your child can match the split cards for an independent study activity or kids can get into groups for a memory style matching game. The control cards contain all the information in one place and can be used to check that their pairs are correct.
- Paper for printing Paleontology Cards and corresponding control cards. (Note that the last page of each document does not need to be printed as it just contains legal information regarding sharing and image sources.)
- 12 thermal laminating pouches
Supplies & Tools:
- Print the Paleontology Cards and the corresponding control cards.
- Laminate them using thermal laminating pouches (optional, could also print on card stock, use contact paper to laminate, or not laminate them at all).
- Cut them out.
Enjoy watching your kids become amateur paleontologists!
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