Guide students through their study of dinosaurs with these articles, lesson plans, online learning activities, and writing assignments.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Online Learning Activities
Scholastic offers young students a chance to study a favorite subject of theirs — dinosaurs — through several engaging online activities.
Fans of the Dinosaur Cove series will love Scholastic’s related online activities, including a fossil hunting activity, dinofacts, and more.
Students meet Brian Selznick, the talented illustrator whose book brings dinosaurs — and the first person ever to draw them — back to life!
Interactive Whiteboard Activities
With these fun fossil crafts, you'll take your students back in time to the age of dinosaurs!
Four fun extension activities for the book by Miriam Schlein
Extension activity for Digging Up Tyrannosaurus Rex by John R. Horner and Don Lessem.
Use this lesson plan to start your dinosaur unit by introducing students to some of the different dinosaurs you'll be studying. Activities encourage students to imagine what life was like a dinosaur.
Go back to the Mesozoic era, or the “Age of Reptiles,” to find out more about dinosaurs.
Students create fossils as an extension activity for Dinosaur Story by Joanna Cole.
In this graphing activity, students will enjoy ranking the dinosaurs from the popular book by Jane Yolen.
Author Jane Yolen and illustrator Mark Teague share why they made How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?, and discuss the process of creating books together.
Brian Selznick shares what drew him to the story, and the exciting research he conducted before working on the book.
Scientists answer students'questions about careers in scientific fields.
Learn the two orders of dinosaurs, Saurischia and Ornithischia.
Grolier Online discusses the history, discovery and classification of fossils.
Discusses the dinosaurs that lived during the Cretaceous Period, as well as the geological events that took place preceding that time.
Shares basic information about the size, physical features, and eating habits of a diplodocus dinosaur.
On an ice-shattered mountain at the very bottom of the world, in cold so strong it can freeze exposed skin in a matter of seconds, a small party of college students comes face to face with a ghost...
Thirteen year old Rebecca Lessem files this report about her travels to the deserts of Argentina to see Argentinosaurus, the world's largest dinosaur.
Trace historic discoveries that helped us build our knowledge about dinosaurs.
Scientists with the Gobi Desert project found an egg with a dinosaur embryo inside.
Why Carnotaurus was one of the most unusual meat-eaters ever found
Argentina, in South America, is the site of the earliest known dinosaurs, the Eoraptor and Herrerasaurus.
Paleontologist and marine archaeologist Sue Hendrickson discovered the world's largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex in 1990.
Scientists' theories vary about what color skin dinosaurs may have had.
Clues in dinosaur skulls lead scientists to believe that these animals did make noises.
Learn about the three periods of the Mesozoic Era: the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous.
Learn how scientists uncovered the first dinosaur bones in the 1800s, and how excitement grew in the 1900s as more fossils were unearthed.
A summary of the latest theories among paleontologists
Learn about Argentinosaurus, a dinosaur who was 110 feet long and weighed 100 tons!
Dinosaur expert Don Lessum shares the meaning behind dinosaur names as he answers students' questions.
Some recent discoveries have helped us build our knowledge of dinosaurs.
Get to know the ferocious dinosaur whose teeth were strong enough to crack bones!
Experts explain what are fossils and how we can learn from them. Plus, how dinosaur fossils are preserved.
Five important characteristics that all dinosaurs share. Plus, common misperceptions.
Scientists can tell whether a dinosaur was a plant-eater, a meat-eater, or both, by studying its teeth.
Dinosaur expert Don Lessem discusses the Triassic, Cretaceous, and Jurassic periods.
Expert Don Lessum and palentologist Tim Rowe explain the differences.
Did dinosaurs have scales? What colors were they? And were they warm- or cold-blooded? A dinosaur experts answers 12 questions.
Answers to common questions about the size of dinosaurs
Did all dinosaurs have teeth? How many did they have? Whose were the sharpest? Common questions, answered.
A dinosaur expert shares how they were used for protection.
What were the smallest and biggest eggs ever found? Scientists answer students' questions.
Would a dinosaur eat us if it were alive today? Dinosaur expert Don Lessem answers students' questions.
Learn about the habits of dinosaurs, including what exactly they did all day!