Old Earth Ministries Online Dinosaur Curriculum
Free online curriculum for homeschools and private schools
From Old Earth Ministries (We Believe in an Old Earth...and God!)
Dinosaurs - Curriculum Overview
This course should fulfill a semester credit for science for your homeschool student. As always, check your local laws to ensure this course meets your state's regulations.
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Welcome to the free Old Earth Ministries Online Dinosaur Curriculum. If you have a teenager who is crazy about dinosaurs, this course is perfect to fulfill a high school elective choice. The curriculum is designed to be completed in one semester. There are a total of 76 lessons, with 11 test days, for a total of 87 days of instruction. Many of the lessons are long, so it could easily be broken into two days per lesson, expanding the course to a full year. Want a sample? Click a chapter on the right, or click here for the T-Rex chapter.
This is a High School level course. The material presupposes that the student has a basic understanding of Geology and Biology. In order to help students who have not studied these subjects, Lesson 2 was designed to give students a basic overview.
HOW IT WORKS
The text of this curriculum is presented free of charge. No registration is necessary. We simply request that you send me a courtesy email, informing us that you are using the curriculum.
The tests are taken online, and are automatically graded. After taking the test, the computer will give the student the correct answer for any missed questions. You may choose to allow your children to take the test open book, by having one window with the test, and another with the curriculum.
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The Fine Print
Legal Disclaimer - Old Earth Ministries makes no promises concerning the use of this material. Because of differences in home school regulations from state to state, it is the responsibility of the home schooling parents to determine if it meets the standards for an elective in the state of residence where they reside.
Curriculum Reference Sources: Much of this curriculum has been copied from Wikipedia (Is this legal? Yes. See Below). For the curious, you can view the Wikipedia page for the dinosaur in question. Why not just have the students read the Wikipedia page? Two reasons. First, Wikipedia contains much cross-linking to other Wikipedia articles. For example, consider this sentence:
Students do not need to waste time reading an article to see what a seed bearing plant, or a forest is, as they are high schoolers and already know this. Second, having several links within a sentence, which shows up as a different color, is not as pleasing to the eye. By leaving in only links that may be useful, students can concentrate better on the subject at hand. The Wikipedia pages contain the original references if one wishes to look them up.
The second reason for copying is so that minor tweaks to the text can be accomplished. Some pages were unnecessarily long, and contained redundent information. Unnecessary information was removed, but overall, much of the content is unchanged. In addition, this is a Christian website, and we seek to present the story of how God created our world. Therefore it was necessary to be able to edit the text to put in remarks that clarify the Christian perspective.
Legality: Wikipedia text can be used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.