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Paleontology-Footprint Puzzle (Pam Collins)


Pam Collins

Principle(s) Illustrated

  1. Observation & Inference
  2. Inquiry
  3. Process of Science


  • 1d - Formulate explanations by using logic and evidence.
  • 1g - Recognize the usefulness and limitations of models and theories as scientific representations of reality

Questioning Script

Prior knowledge & experience:

Big dinosaurs ate little dinosaurs.

Root question:

Explain what you think is happening in the diagram below.

Target response:

The possibilities are endless!  They are only limited by a student's imagination.

Common Misconceptions:

A majority of students respond that the big dino ate the little dino.

Photographs and Movies

    Student Worksheet

    Paluxy dinosaur tracks, Texas, upon which the student worksheet is based.
Paluxy dinosaur tracks, Texas


The Art of Teaching Science

The Puluxy Dinosaur/ "Man Track" Controversy