Digging for Dinosaurs!
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
DIRECTIONS Let’s go back to the Mesozoic era, or the “Age of Reptiles,” to find out more about dinosaurs. Then write your answers on a separate piece of paper, or on the reproducible provided by your teacher.
For how long did dinosaurs live on the Earth? When did they become extinct?
Name three dinosaurs that existed 65 million years ago, at the end of the age of dinosaurs.
One way scientists learn about dinosaurs is by finding and studying fossils. What are fossils?
There are many theories about what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. What are two possible reasons?
When was the most recent dinosaur discovery? What was it named? Describe this newly discovered dinosaur.
Match each dinosaur with a corresponding fact. (Hint: scroll down and click on each dinosaur.)
A. This huge plant-eater had a tiny head and brain.
B. This 10-foot tall dinosaur could run really fast.
C. This rhinoceros-like dinosaur had five horns.
Assemble the dinosaur skeleton at Fossilzone. What kind of dinosaur did you build?
Go to the Dinosaur Encyclopedia and pick a dinosaur from the list on the left. Draw a picture of it on the back of your paper and write its name underneath. (Hint: Some dinosaurs on the list include roars and other dinosaur sounds!)
Which dinosaur was the largest? What was its size? What did it eat?
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