Paleontologists on a Quest

The heroes were so excited to begin their work as Paleontologists. Before the break, each hero proposed a quest they would like to embark on. Then, they voted on which one they would like to do for the next session. The results were very close, with the dinosaur quest only one vote more than the dance quest. The heroes agreed to go on a Paleontology Quest during project time and a Dance quest for their gym time.

This week, our young Paleontologists launched into their scientific investigations, led by their new friend, a baby T Rex they named Blaze, who led them to a major discovery in our very own sandbox, where the heroes found some bones! As they began their research, they were determined to find out what kind of bones they had found. They compared them to the bones pictured in their books and in their Chromebooks. They came up with several theories and predictions. But they were tireless in finding more clues to figure out what animal the bones really belong to.

These Paleontologists have been busy making predictions and gathering data about the specimens they have found in order to prove their hypothesis based on their findings. They have also kept a close watch over their dinosaur eggs and when the eggs hatched, they recorded data on their growth each day. Our Paleontologists work hard each day and look forward to be able to share all that they discover on their quest with their families on a very special exhibition, a Paleontology expedition traveling back in time to the land of the dinosaurs!

Paleontology Quest

Discussion topics

Project options

Week 1



Prehistoric reptiles

Dig into Paleontology

Dinosaur Research Starter 

Dinosaur Write

Fossils for kids

Flesh out a fossil

Sedimentary layers puzzle

Evolutionist and Creationist timeline

Dinosaur Timeline

Dinosaur Times 

Week 2

Prehistoric mammals

Grouping dinosaurs

Dinosaur classifications

Get to know a dinosaur

Dinosaur facts

Dinosaur extinction

What is a dinosaur


Week 3

Prehistoric birds

Observe a dinosaur

How dinosaurs moved

How dinosaurs lived

How dinosaurs looked

How dinosaurs behaved

Week 4

Prehistoric fish

Dinosaur name game

Dinosaur teeth

Relative speed of dinosaurs

How big were dinosaurs

Bigger than you think

Estimation and measurement skills:  

measure out the length of a dinosaur

Week 5

Prehistoric amphibians

Discovering dinosaurs

Dinosaur illustrations

Ask a Dinosaur Expert 

Real or Make-Believe

Dinosaur Quiz 

Write a letter to a dinosaur. What questions would you ask? What would you like to know?

Week 6

Prehistoric invertebrates


Paleontology Expedition

Prepare a skit and imagine you are newscasters reporting on the discovery of a dinosaur.

Write a list of questions and interview a paleontologist about a dinosaur.

Dinosaur costumes

Dinosaur facts

Dinosaur jokes

Nature trail Prehistoric walk

Dinosaur Dig sandbox

After reading the book of Philippians last session, I asked the heroes what book of the Bible they would like to read for our next session,  and they unanimously answered, “Colossians! It’s the next book after Philippians. We can just keep going until we get to the end of the Bible!”

The first chapter of Colossians have helped the heroes renew their promises to one another from their Heroes’ Contract. They reaffirmed their priorities, JOY (Jesus, Others, before Yourself) embedded in their minds, wherein their faith in Jesus always comes first, then their love for others, followed by their hope in God’s plans for their lives. Some heroes inspired others with their testimonies in growing the fruits of the Spirit in their lives through loving Jesus and keeping Jesus in their hearts. One hero said the fruits of the Spirit grows as he puts them into action, like loving others, being joyful, keeping peace in his heart, being patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and having self-control. And another hero pictured the fruits of the Spirit growing from a plant in his heart, which he waters whenever he prays.

In Colossians 1:5, the heroes read about “the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven.” So they shared what they hoped for, that they believe God had in store for them:

Lulu hopes to get a My Little Pony toy.

Simon hopes for a puppy.

Reaghan hopes for a pet fish.

David hopes to build a Lego robot.

Amelia hopes to be a kind dance teacher who would not yell at her students.

Annabelle hopes to have self-control and not hurt others.

Evi hopes to be brave, kind, and confident.

Maddy hopes to keep Jesus in her heart.

Cole hopes to become a saint.

Our Week At A Glance

Week 1: April 9-13,  2018








Bible verse song

Psalm 100

Colossians 1:3 We always thank God…when we pray for you

How do you show your thankfulness?

Colossians 1:4

We have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people

How do you show your love for others?

Colossians 1:5

The faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven

What are your hopes and dreams?

Colossians 1:6

The gospel is bearing fruit and growing…

What helps you bear fruit and grow?

Colossians 1:9

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives

Growth mindset

You can learn anything

Think of a time you learned something new. What steps did you take to learn it?

Don’t give up song

Think of a time you failed at something. How did it make you feel? What did you do?

Big Hero 6 clip Hiro’s idea

What strategies do you use to help you persevere?

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs inventions

What do you do when your ideas do not work?

Power of yet song

Growth or fixed mindset

If I have to work hard at something, it means that I’m not smart. F

I like to try things that are hard. T

When I make a mistake, I get embarrassed. F

I don’t mind making mistakes. They help me learn. T

There are some things I’ll never be good at. F

Anyone can learn something if they work hard at it. T

Writer’s workshop

Typing club


Stretch a sentence

Paleontologist journals

Spelling city


Dinosaur stories


Play-based TWTh





Hula hoops

Dinosaur dig table

Rope pretend play

Cardboard boxes

Pillow shields

Kitties dramatic play



Why would you like to go on a Paleontology quest?

What problem needs to be solved by applying an understanding of Paleontology?

How will we find the information we need during this quest?

Why are the skills and topics within this quest important now? Who will we help in studying paleontology?

What is the end goal or final product of your quest?

Project time

Dig into Paleontology

Fossils for kids

What is a fossil

Flesh out a fossil

Dinosaur Research Starter 

VR goggles

Dino games

Evolutionist and creationist timeline

Creation museum virtual field trip 

Sedimentary layers puzzle

Dinosaur Write

Dinosaur Times 



Dinosaur crafts


Where do we find dinosaurs? Dino stickers on globe


Dinosaur songs


Dinosaur painting




When does a hero submit to authority?

Submit to authorities to honor God

Romans 13:1-2

What do you do when an authority (group leader, parents, guides) do something you believe is wrong?

Submit to authorities because of the example of Jesus

1 Peter 2:21-25

When should we not submit to authority?

Submit to authorities to overcome evil with good

Romans 12:19-21

In what ways have you “overcome evil with good”? What would happen if you return evil for evil?

Submit to authorities because of our freedom in Christ Jesus

1 Peter 2:16-17

Are you free to make good and bad choices? Are you still free if you receive consequences for bad choices? Are you still free if you have to submit to authorities?

Submit to authorities because of the rewards

1 Peter 2:18-20

Would you be more motivated to submit to authorities because of God’s promise to reward you or God’s promise to judge justly?

Please sign up for portfolio reviews to be held on Tuesday, April 24 or Thursday, April 26 between 3:30 pm and 6:00 pm.

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