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Dinosaurs!

Scholastic offers young students a chance to study a favorite subject of theirs — dinosaurs — through several engaging online activities.

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Activities and Games

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.

 

Learning Objectives

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
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