Ideas for schools

Here are some ideas teachers are using to integrate animal tracks into their curriculum, both in the classroom and on the playground.

Measuring activities

How many feet show in the track of each animal? Does the animal have two feet or four? How many toes does each animal have? How many toes have claws that show? How long are the tracks? How wide? How long are its steps (stride)? How wide is the space between the left feet and the right feet? Is there any overlap? How wide is the total track (straddle)?

Identification activities

What does the animal look like that made each track? What else can you learn about the animal? (Size, weight, where it lives, what it eats, how long it lives, its habits, etc.)

Fun and games ideas

How many student feet does it take to cover the dinosaur footprints? Alternatively, how many students can stand on a T. Rex track at one time? Can you play hopscotch on any of the tracks? Are they close enough together? Can you use the trackways to indicate line up lines or the path to get somewhere?

Does your school have an animal mascot?

Include the animal’s footprint in your promotional materials. Is your animal not part of our basic collection? Let us know. We can probably find a picture of its track. If so, we can certainly make stencils, stick-ons, stickers, or other items.

PTOs

Are you looking for an affordable, fun, and educational addition to your school? Put a collection of living animal and dinosaur tracks on the playground. It’s so easy to do that students can get involved in putting down the prints. Get students and teachers involved in planning and implementation, or make it a Student Council project.

Remember, this all started as an Eagle Scout project with the painting done by Boy Scouts. For more details, refer to our FAQ page.