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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.

AskERIC Lesson Plans

Three lesson plans on dinosaurs from the AskERIC database.
  • Dinosaur Dig Wooden dinosaur models are used with students in grades 3-12 to demonstrate a procedure a field paleontologist may use.
  • Dinosaur 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.

Crissy's Lesson Plans Page: Dinosaurs
A four week thematic unit for grade 2 students.

Death 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.

Dino Russ's Lair
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.

Dinosaur 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.

Dinosaur Decisions
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.

Dinosaur Eggs
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.

Dinosaur Floor
The Dinosaur Floor explores why dinosaurs became extinct in an easy-to-understand way for students.

[The] Dinosauria
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

Dinosauria Online
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.

Dinosaur Illustrations
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.

Dinosaur Tracks
A webquest for grade 3 students that involves creating a map showing dinosaur tracks.

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.

Model Thematic Unit: Dinosaurs
A large number of activity suggestions for a dinosaur unit for teachers of primary grades.

Paleontology: 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.

Project Exploration
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.

Project Prosauropod
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.

Royal 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.

Suggested Activities
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 Students research to find out more about the plants and animals of the Triassic period and the earliest period of the Mesozoic age.

Zoom Dinosaurs
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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