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Dinos & beasts

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Dinosaur remains have been found on every continent on Earth and we know these creatures dominated the planet’s ecosystems for around 140 million years. But despite their abundance elsewhere, few discoveries have been made in Australia. Given Australia’s geographic isolation many of Australia’s dinosaurs evolved as unique species adapted to extreme conditions.

Australia’s dinosaurs are known mainly from fossil fragments. Dinosaur fossils have been found mainly in the Eastern half of Australia (Queensland, New South Wales & Victoria). Today the fossils from these amazing creatures give us insight into what they may have looked like and how they may have lived.

Victoria may have had one of the world’s most diverse array of small ornithopod dinosaurs, which had a surprisingly hardy ability to survive at least 3 months of winter in darkness annually. These ornithopods moved around on 2 legs, ate plants, lived together in herds for safety, and included unique features such as large eyes for the gloomy light.

Visit Ecolinc to discover some of the amazing dinosaurs that once roamed where we live today and engage your students in various hands-on activities about Australian dinosaurs.

Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is required.

Key Learning Question

How do palaeontologists use evidence to learn about the types of dinosaurs that once lived in Australia?

Learning Intentions

In this progam students will:

  • Discover various dinosaurs of Victoria & other parts of Australia
  • Compare and contrast the size, shape, diet and other features of various dinosaurs of Australia
  • Learn how they can identify various Australian dinosaurs and the features they had to live on land, in the water or in the air
  • Discover some plants that live today existed when the dinosaurs roamed Australia


Students will:

  • Compare and contrast between various dinosaurs of Australia
  • Pretend to be Paleontologists
  • Become part of the palaeontology team that uncovers dinosaur skeletons.
  • Sing and move to the “I am a Paleontologist” song
  • Create a model of an Australian dinosaur out of plasticine.
  • Draw and label an Australian dinosaur eating in its habitat
  • Make a mini prehistoric habitat

Victorian Curriculum

Science - Science as a human endeavour

  • People use science in their daily lives (VCSSU041)

Science – Biological Science

  • Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)

Science Inquiry Skills - Questioning and predicting

  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (VCSIS050)

Science Inquiry Skills - Planning and conducting

  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)

Recording and processing

  • Use informal measurements in the collection and recording of observations (VCSIS052)
  • Use a range of methods, including drawings and provided tables, to sort information (VCSIS053)

Science Inquiry Skills - Analysing and evaluating

  • Compare observations and predictions with those of others (VCSIS054)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas about changes in objects and events in a variety of ways (VCSIS055)