Dinosaur Train
That's Not a Dinosaur/Tiny's Garden
That's Not a Dinosaur The kids visit the Big Pond to attend the Biome Block Party. While attempting to win the leaf-necklace contest, Keenan Chirostemotes claims the Pteranodon sibs can't compete for the prize for "dinosaur" with the most leaves because they are not dinosaurs. This launches the kids into a song called "That's Not a Dinosaur", as all the non-dinosaurs sing their piece. In the end, the game rules are changed to include all creatures, even non-dinosaurs, in all the contests!Educational ObjectiveToo often, kids and adults focus only on the big, obvious inhabitants of any ecosystem. The goal of this episode is to concentrate on the diverse categories of animals-reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fish, insects, arachnids (spiders), etc. that lived in the Mesozoic alongside the huge dinosaurs.Tiny's GardenThe Nature Trackers go on a visit to the Big Pond, where Tiny hopes to see her favorite flowers. The Conductor tells her that if the kids gather seeds at the pond, they can bring them home and plant a garden full of those same flowers at the family nest! The kids all get into it, gathering seeds and bringing them home, where they plant a garden, and meet its new inhabitants, including Sammy, a friendly slug, who explains that slugs, spiders, and butterflies all help to make a garden complete. Educational ObjectivesLife loves diversity! Successful ecosystems are diverse, with lots of different plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria. All the diverse parts act like a web, supporting each other. We show "diversity" in the garden - and show how insects are attracted to flowers, and how flowers provides food for various herbivores, etc.
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