Dinosaur Measurement Project Based Learning – 1st Grade Math PBL
⭐ Dinosaur Measurement is a project based learning unit based all around comparing, estimating, and modeling heights of different dinosaurs for 1st grade. This resource contains a standards-based unit in both printable PDF and Google Slides versions – so it’s the perfect activity to increase engagement and interest in the classroom or distance learning. Students follow instructions to investigate the actual heights of different dinosaurs using various measurement tools and data displays. Additional “challenge activities” engage students and develop further understanding of the concepts and skills.
⭐ This project-based learning task involves using the following CCSS Measurement & Data math standards to solve problems related to dinosaur heights:
Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units.
- 1.MD.A.1 Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.
- 1.MD.A.2 Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps.
Represent and interpret data
- 1.MD.C.4 Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many are in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
- 1.OA.A.1 Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.1
- 1.OA.A.2 Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
✏️ Printable & Digital Format – Printable PDF & Google Slides formats make this resource perfect for classroom instruction, distance learning, and everywhere in between. Digital and printable versions are consistent, so it can be used for combination classroom and virtual instruction situations.
✏️ Educational & Engaging – This resource will capture the imagination of your students while they practice key math skills. Students are hired as a paleontologist to study dinosaur measurement. Their job is to go into the field and use data from paleontologists to compare the heights of various dinosaurs.
✏️ Differentiation – Three challenge activities mean that you can challenge your high performing students while making the resource accessible to your on level and below level students.
1. Directions for the teacher
2. Become a Paleontologist
4. Let’s Measure!
5. Draw a Diagram
6. Using a Yardstick
7. Stepping with the Dinos
8. Dino Groups Estimation
9. Dino Comparisons
10. Dino Word Problems
11. Dino Line Plot & Bar Graph
12. Three Challenges
13. Evaluation & Rubric
Answer Key Included
Looking for more differentiation? Check out the 2nd Grade version!