PROJECT IDEAS FOR JURASSIC PARK
- GEOLOGIC TIME TABLE
Research the animals and plants that existed during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of the Mesozoic Era and design a pictorial time line using several pieces of poster board. Draw the animals and plants to scale.
- LITERARY TECHNIQUES
Michael Crichton is known for developing standard character types- good scientist, evil scientist, evil businessperson or government official, a typical female, innocent bystanders, etc. Design a book jacket for Jurassic Park including the following information:
- a brief biography of Crichton
- the standard character type AND an explanation of your choice for: Grant, Malcolm, Harding, Nedry, Hammond, Tim, Muldoon, Ellie, Arnold, Wu
You may use poster board or large paper.
Research 5 different dinosaurs that are mentioned in Jurassic Park. Using cut-out models of these dinosaurs, make a mobile that can hang from the ceiling. These dinosaurs must be drawn to scale. For example, if one dinosaur is twice the size of another in real life, then, its cut-out should also be twice the size. On the back of each model include the following information: habitat, size, feeding style, and method of reproduction.
- PATTERNS AND CHAOS
Throughout the entire novel, Malcolm warns of the impending doom to the Jurassic Park project. Design a pamphlet that a visitor to the park would read that discusses what went wrong with this project. Relate the park's demise to the chaos theory. Cite at least five specific examples. Use poster board or large paper. Include at least three illustrations.
- BOOK AND MOVIE REVIEW
Write a review of both the movie and the book. Include which one was more scientifically accurate, more believable, more enjoyable, etc. Discuss differences in plot and characters. Chose one as your favorite and defend your position. Your review may be written or presented orally on a videotape.
Crichton, Michael. Jurassic Park. New York: Ballantine, 1990.
Shams, Marcia and Trina Boteler. "Jurassic Park: Adventure in
Learning." Science Scope. Sept. 1993.