Dinosaurs and Fossils

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Dinosaur Train - PBS Kids

Dinosaur Train PBS Kids Website. Dinosaur Train embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains, while encouraging basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology. The site includes video, interactive games, an interactive field journal, printables, and more.

PBS Kids. Website.

Grades PreK-2.

Dinosaur Train Collection

Dinosaur Train Collection. Dinosaur Train sparks children's interest in life science and natural history. This collection includes full length (~12 minute) episodes, as well as targeted shorter clips in the following categories: Adaptations and Basic Needs; Classification and Diversity; Ecosystems, Habitats, and Nature; Fossils; Social and Emotional Learning; The Life Cycle; Weather, Natural Disasters, Earth and Space Science.

PBS LearningMedia. Collection.

Grades PreK-2.

Dinosaur Exhibit Field Trip

Dinosaur Exhibit Field Trip. Penny and the KidVision VPK Kids experience the Dinosaurs In Motion exhibit! They go head to head with Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex, dig for fossils, create a dinosaur skeleton, and see life-size dinosaurs in action. It’s a roaring good time!

PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades PreK-3.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? Based on the classic children's book by Jane Yolen. Few words pack a lot of punch in this delightful story about bedtime rituals. There will be no pouting or shouting or moping or moaning when the lights go out because dinosaur kids everywhere will want to see this production again and again. Narrated by author Jane Yolen. Part of the Weston Woods Series.

Discovery Education. Video.

Grades K-2.

National Parks: America's National Parks: When Dinosaurs Roamed

National Parks: America's National Parks: When Dinosaurs Roamed. This program provides a guided tour of North American dinosaurs and their existence 220 to 65 million years ago.

Discovery Education. Video.

Grades 3-5.

Fossils - Lesson Plan

Fossils - Lesson Plan. Students create their own fossils, and then learn how real fossils form, and investigate what they can tell us about the past.

PBS LearningMedia. Lesson Plan.

Grades 3-5.

TLC Elementary School: Prehistoric Earth

TLC Elementary School: Prehistoric Earth. How do geologists know what happened on Earth billions of years ago? Segments cover the nature and divisions of geologic time, a variety of prehistoric life-forms, and how fossils reveal clues to Earth’s distant past. Geologic Time—Explains the system used by scientists to describe and organize prehistoric time periods. Prehistoric Life—Discusses what modern scientists study to uncover facts about the past. Events in Earth’s Past—Chronicles events in the four major periods within the geologic time scale: Precambrian and the Paleozoic, Mesozoic Era, and Cenozoic eras. Dinosaurs and Fossils—Points out that each time period is marked by a significant change in the number or type of fossils found, and explores what fossils reveal about Earth’s history. • Geologic Time (6 min.) • Prehistoric Life (4 min.) • Events in Earth’s Past (5 min.) • Dinosaurs and Fossils (5 min.)

Discovery Education. Video.

Grades 3-5.

How a Dinosaur Became a Fossil

How a Dinosaur Became a Fossil. Remains and traces of ancient life are preserved in rock as fossils. This fossil record is a natural documentation of the evolution and history of life on Earth. In this interactive resource adapted from the University of California, Berkeley, Museum of Paleontology, see an animation about how organisms, such as dinosaurs, become part of the fossil record.

PBS LearningMedia. Interactive.

Grades 3-8.

What Killed the Dinosaurs?

What Killed the Dinosaurs? Definitive answers to some of life's most enduring questions are often difficult or impossible to come by. However, scientific processes piece together the information that is available as a way of providing alternative explanations for a wide variety of phenomena. This interactive activity from the Evolution Web site outlines the evidence gathered to explain what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. It proposes four possible hypotheses and invites you to consider the evidence and come to your own conclusion.

PBS LearningMedia. Interactive.

Grades 3-12.


Fossils. Paleontologists seldom have the good fortune to find a complete set of remains of an ancient organism that is wholly intact. For instance, the discovery of a frozen woolly mammoth carcass, preserved hair and all, was a truly rare event. More common are discoveries of incomplete remains, such as bones, teeth, or hair, and trace fossils, such as footprints or leaf impressions, which indicate an organism once existed even though its actual remains have not been found. This still collage reveals the variety of forms that fossils take, as well as examples of the kinds of life whose remains have been preserved.

PBS LearningMedia. Interactive.

Grades 3-12.

GPS: Dinosaurs

GPS: Dinosaurs. This DragonflyTV segment follows two girls as they learn about how paleontologists determine the age of fossils, and how they use fossils to learn about the creatures that lived together in an ecosystem. Available in both English and Spanish.

PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades 4-6.

Scale City: Dinosaur World

Scale City: Dinosaur World. Explore the world of proportional reasoning by visiting roadside attractions across Kentucky. See and learn about Dinosaur World, complete with life size models of dinosaurs, and complete an interactive to see how we measure up!

Scale City. KET. Video and interactive.

Grades 5-8 (for math content - younger for video only).

When Dinosaurs Roamed America

When Dinosaurs Roamed America. Recent scientific findings reveal how dinosaurs lived and died right in our own backyard. Learn the anatomy and physiology of these prehistoric creatures as you study dinosaur fossils in different regions of the United States.

Discovery Education. Video.

Grades 6-8.

Digging Dinos

Digging Dinos. This UNC-TV segment documents the work of paleontologists in the desert mountains of Utah. Their finds help them to understand what the world was like millions of years ago, and how the dinosaurs whose bones they uncover lived, died, and decayed.

PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades 6-13+

The Living Fossil

The Living Fossil. The horseshoe crab, a distant relative of sea spiders and scorpions, is a natural wonder that has survived for more that 350 million years. Known as the world’s oldest living fossils, horseshoe crabs are characterized by their nearly impenetrable design. Among many unique features, these sea creatures have ten eyes, receptors on their tails, and a hard shell that they shed as many as seventeen times in a life time. Their blue blood has also been found to be a vital aid in human health.

PBS Learningmedia. Video.

Grades 9-12.


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Dinosaur-like reptile Paul Fuqua, 2004 . Image.
Discovery Education. Web. 16 January 2015. <KET.org/Encyclomedia>.

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