The Dinosaur unit turned out to be a fantastic exploration into Cladistics…or classification. We used simple terms for PK like carnivore, omnivore, herbivore and long neck or sharp tooth. Then we moved up a bit with YK to investigate their body type, diet and toes! This was done with making tracks. Sauropods and Therapods have 3 or 4 toes. MK used the tracks to match up the dinos and then further classify them by period. OK used the entire dinosaur cladistics system to classify over 2o dinos and eventually used this information to understand and piece together a story about a creature using the tracks. They were able to determine: type of prehistoric animals, size using step and stride measurements, setting and behavior. Along with exploring dinos, we used a prehistoric fossic kit from CU Boulder to investigate types of creatures found in Colorado throughout the Mesozoic Era.