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Fossils & Dinosaurs

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Recommended Books:

  • Dinosaurs! by Gail Gibbons
  • Dinosaur Discoveries by Gail Gibbons
  • Fossil by Claire Ewart
  • Time Flies by Eric Rohmann
  • I Dreamt I Was A Dinosaur by Stella Blackstone
  • Let’s Read and Find Out Science Books on Dinosaurs by various authors
  • What Happened To The Dinosaurs? by Franklyn M. Branley
  • How Do Dinosaurs…series by Jane Yolen
  • Katie And The Dinosaurs by James Mayhew
  • Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems & Paintings by Douglas Florian
  • National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs by Catherine D. Hughes

Lesson Topics To Cover:

Fossils ~ Animals’ shells and skeletons are preserves in rocks as fossils. When a fossil is found, Paleontologists use the rock layers to identify the date of the fossil. This is done by looking at the layers of rock where the fossil was found and estimating/deciphering which time period the fossil belongs to based on the age period of the rock layer.

Dinosaurs ~ Dinosaurs were animals related to reptiles and birds which existed millions of years ago. They are just one of a variety of prehistoric animals. Some dinosaurs were huge while others were as small as a chicken. Some of the better known dinosaurs include: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Ceratosaurus, Diplodocus and Spinosaurus. It is believed that unlike the other types of dinosaurs, the Velociraptor had feathers.

Dinosaur Fact Page

  • Two types of dinosaurs: carnivores (meat eating) and herbivores (veggie eating/non-meat eating)
  • People and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.
  • Dinosaurs existed during the Mesozoic Era which includes three periods: Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. The Jurassic Period is also known as the Age of the Dinosaurs.
  • Dinosaurs disappeared about 65 million years. No one really knows for certain what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs but it is generally believed that an asteroid 4-9 miles wide hit the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and the impact’s aftermath was the cause for the extinction (The Alvarez Asteroid Impact Theory)
  • What are fossils?
  • The difference between a archaeologist and a paleontologist.

Flying Reptiles and Early Birds:

  • Though closely related to the dinosaur, the Pteranodon was not really a dinosaur; it was the first flying reptile.
  • The Archaeopteryx was a feathered animal that was part dinosaur, part bird.

Quiz with five questions relating to dinosaurs. (answer key)

Worksheet: Carnivores vs Herbivores cut-n-paste

Did You Know?: The largest, most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found is nicknamed Sue ~ it is named after Sue Hendrickson, the paleontologist who found it in South Dakota during the Summer of 1990. It is currently housed at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

I chose living and non-living items so we could discuss what a fossil is and is not. For our activity, my son had to match the item with its corresponding fossil. He really enjoyed it!

I chose living and non-living items so we could discuss what a fossil is and is not. For our activity, my son had to match the item with its corresponding fossil. He really enjoyed it!


Making Fossils ~ using modeling clay, a plastic bag and items such as twigs, leaf, feather, shells or chicken bone (boiled and clean). Place a piece of clay inside a plastic bag to flatten, then press item onto clay to make imprints. You can also make them ahead of time and have the child identify what type of fossil imprint it is or match it to the original form. If you are unable to find modeling clay, white playdoh might work as an option.

Visit an Exhibit ~ dinosaur exhibits at a zoo, museum or science center offer wonderful learning opportunities.

Writing Activity ~ have the child write about which dinosaur they like best or would like to have seen in person.

Make a Dinosaur Museum display with these paper model cutouts:

Math Related Activity: Measure and compare dinosaur sizes to a human, car or school bus.

Related Resources:

Coloring Pages:

Songs & Poems: Dinosaur themed


Collection of dinosaur themed crafts for kids




dinosaur = el dinosaurio


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