Guide students through their study of dinosaurs with these articles, lesson plans, online learning activities, and writing assignments.
The “Dinosaurs!” activity features fun online activities for grades K–8, offering students a rich environment of standards-based skills. Students study the characteristics of some better-known dinosaurs, classify dinosaurs using a time line, craft questions to a dinosaur expert, and use prior knowledge to answer fun and interesting questions about dinosaurs.
- Dinosaur Times (grades 3–8), an interactive time line, allows students to organize dinosaurs into appropriate time periods with help from clues, helping them better grasp of the age of dinosaurs.
- Ask a Dinosaur Expert (grades K–8) lets students meet paleontologist and marine archeologist Sue Hendrickson and read an interview with her.
- Students can browse illustrations from the book The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins (grades K-8) and read an interview with illustrator Brian Selznick.
- Dinosaur Research Starter (grades 5–8) offers students ideas for topics and articles that will help them prepare to write a research paper on dinosaurs.
- Students share what they’ve learned in the written activity, Dinosaur Write (grades K–5). They can also publish their work online and read other students' writings.
- In Real or Make-Believe (grades K–2), students test their knowledge of dinosaurs with a funny, interactive quiz.
- Students can take our multiple-choice test, Dino Don's Dinosaur Quiz (grades 3–5), which provides answers to relevant questions about dinosaurs.
- Students get familiar with dinosaur anatomy with our interactive dinosaur-assembly game, Build-a-Dinosaur (grades K–2)
- Argentinosaurus (grades K–5), a nonfiction photo story, reveals a recent dinosaur discovery, and illustrates how scientists unearth, assemble, and display a dinosaur skeleton.
While participating in the “Dinosaurs!” student activity, students will:
- Develop goals for scientific inquiry
- Improve content-area reading skills, such as distinguishing between real and make-believe
- Develop a context for the study of dinosaurs
- Use technology to gain a basic understanding of dinosaur characteristics
- Understand how the study of dinosaurs informs scientific knowledge
- Use technology as a mode of inquiry to access information from experts
- Describe through writing accumulated knowledge of dinosaurs
- Improve content-area reading skills, such as reading for detail