Dinosaur Theme Page
This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of dinosaurs. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.
- Three lesson plans on dinosaurs from the AskERIC database.
Dig Wooden dinosaur models are used with students in grades 3-12
to demonstrate a procedure a field paleontologist may use.
Babies, Fossils, and Make Your Own Dinosaur This lesson plan helps
primary students to gain a better understanding of what fossils are and
how to make their own. They will also identify dinosaurs and their babies.
Lesson Plans Page: Dinosaurs
- A four week thematic unit for grade 2 students.
of the Dinosaurs WebQuest
- In this WebQuest, intermediate students work in groups to find answers
on the Internet to the question "What Caused the Extinction of the Dinosaurs?"
Within the site, there are links to web pages that discuss various theories.
(Note: many of the resources about extinction that this site links to are
quite sparse. However, there are other resources on this CLN page that discuss
this issue and might allow students to complete their quest more satisfactorily.)
- This University of Bristol site has pictures, species lists organized in
a number of different ways (e.g., alphabetically, by genera, by date), general
information on what they were and how they lived, and articles on the theories
why they died out.
- Created by the Museum of the Rockies, Dinologues is a series of educational
activity kits and teacher workbooks designed for grades 3-6 and 9-12 that
teaches about dinosaurs.
- This page contains dinosaur images for downloading, publications, book
lists, exhibits, dinosaur sites you can visit, information about digs you
can join and much, much more. Check out "Dinosaur and Vertebrate Paleontology
(links and info)" for a meta-list of links (all annotated) to other sites,
organized into 14 categories.
and Us Unit
- This teaching unit from LETSNet (Learning Exchange for Teachers and Students
through the Internet) consists of two lessons designed for elementary and
middle school students.
- Instructions for an educational card game for grade one and two students
in which the learner matches dinosaur names and attributes with the appropriate
picture. Students are also expected to identify the dinosaur as a herbivore
or a carnivore.
- In this National Geographic Society site, students will be able join an
online egg hunt, see how fossilized dinosaur egges are "hatched", and tour
a museum of dinosaur hatchlings to learn more about dinosaur babies and parents.
- The Dinosaur Floor explores why dinosaurs became extinct in an easy-to-understand
way for students.
- There's lot of information about dinosaurs at this University of California
Museum of Paleontology site. In addition, be sure to check out there links
to other dinosaur sites. Their meta-list of links is organized into six categories:
Dinosaur-Oriented Web Sites, Dinosaurs and Other Aspects of Paleontology,
Dinosaurs In Museums, Dinosaur-Related Organizations and Institutions, Dinosaur
Art and Models, and Not Really Dinosaurs, But Worthy of Mention
- Information on dinosaurs and their excavation, evolution, fossilization,
paleontology, and much more.
- Mike Keesey provides info about dinosaurs, mostly in the form of taxon
pages, each of which describes a certain group of dinosaurs. This may be a
little dry for K-12 students, but the site also contains about 100 pictures
which will be more appealing to the younger users.
- Here's a set of links to "the best illustrations of dinosaurs that have
been posted on the Internet." There are over 50 types of dinosaurs represented
on the list.
- A webquest for grade 3 students that involves creating a map showing dinosaur
- A 7 multidisciplinary unit (math, science, language arts) for Kindergarten
students from SEDL. Included is a unit overview and background information
for the teacher, seven lessons and links to associated web sites on dinosaurs.
Thematic Unit: Dinosaurs
- A large number of activity suggestions for a dinosaur unit for teachers
of primary grades.
The Big Dig
- At this American Museum of Natural History Web site, elementary school
students can explore different aspects of paleontology through seeing strange
and unusual dinosaurs, reading an interview with a fossil, and hunting for
fossils in Mongolia.
- Here you can print out various dinosaur related activities categorized
by grade level and learn more about the supercroc, the 10-million-year-old
crocodile from Africa that ate dinosaurs.
- In this Fundy Geological Museum project, students can keep track of researchers'
progress uncovering the 200 million year old skeleton of a prosauropod dinosaur.
Check in every week to monitor new discoveries, look at the microscope cam,
and see new photographs of this important specimen.
Tyrrell Online Museum
- Take a virtual tour through the 50+ rooms in this Alberta Museum for lots
of information on specific dinosaurs as well as the era in which they lived.
- The folks at the National History Museum offer a selection of suggested
classroom activities for teachers looking for ideas for dinosaur units in
a variety of subject areas.
- TrackStar is an online interface which allows instructors to create lessons
for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various web sites
within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within
one web site then move on to the next topic at another web site. The list
of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain
on track. Explorations of the web sites beyond the designated instructional
content are also possible.
This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "dinosaur"
will produce numerous hits. Caution #1: Many of the web sites that these
lessons access may already be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson
objectives and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that make the
lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality of the
lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding web sites, sequencing the
tours) will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.
- When Dinosaurs Ruled
- Lesson plan for grades 6-8 available through Discoveryschool.com. Students
research to find out more about the plants and animals of the Triassic period
and the earliest period of the Mesozoic age.
- Elementary students can explore various topics about dinosaurs, including
their anatomy and physiology, myths, birds, and extinction. There's also a
section for teachers who are looking for classroom activities.
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