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Dinosaurs: A Research Starters Activity

From articles to topic ideas to the best sites on the Web, Scholastic offers students everything they need to start writing about dinosaurs.


6–8, 9–12

Activity Type

  • Activities and Games

Created with Grolier Online, Scholastic’s “Research Starters: Dinosaurs” features a wealth of information about this popular subject.

Students will find everything they need to start writing their research papers, including an introduction on dinosaurs and fossils, a glossary of related terms, and links to fascinating articles on the Cretaceous Period, the Mesozoic Era, Reptiles, and more.

Scholastic also scoured the Web for the 10 most helpful, interesting sites on dinosaurs, including:

  • Welcome to UCMP!: Provides history of paleontologic science and information regarding vertebrate flight and the geologic time scale. Also includes images and introductory text on groups within various taxonomic classes.
  • Early Dinosaur Discoveries in North America: Discusses the 19th-century North American fossil discoveries that led to the early study of dinosaurs. Maintained by the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
  • Paleontology Without Walls: The University of California Museum of Paleontology provides an interdisciplinary look at natural history, biology, paleontology, phylogeny, evolution, and related areas. Highly illustrated and highly recommended, especially for teachers and students.
  • Geology and Geologic Time: Exhibit and text from UCB Museum of Paleontology provides an overview of geologic time periods.

Susan Cheyney

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