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Kids "dig" dinosaurs, whether they learn about them in science class while studying paleontology and geology or simply explore dinosaurs as a personal favorite topic. Dinosaurs are an elementary school perennial, but even high school students enjoy digging into fossils and geologic time. This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst features a wide range of lesson ideas and research sources for students of all ages. Spend some "geologic time" as you try some of the project ideas or simply make this collection available to your dino-maniacs.

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Ancient Earth Globe - Ian Webster

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4 to 12
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What did the earth look like 240 million years ago? 20 million years ago? When did the first land animals appear? What did our world look like with the Pangea ...more
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What did the earth look like 240 million years ago? 20 million years ago? When did the first land animals appear? What did our world look like with the Pangea supercontinent? This visualization of the earth shows viewers these answers and more. Use the dropdown box to see the earth as it looked from zero to 750 million years ago. Use your cursor to spin the planet to view any area or to zoom in and out. Another option lets viewers choose to view the earth as it appeared with the first appearance of algae, shells, and other items on through the extinction of dinosaurs.

tag(s): dinosaurs (36), earth (172), geologic time (9)

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Engage student interest by sharing this site with them and letting them explore. Use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to create a bulletin board for students to share their observations. Ask them to add sticky notes and drawings with their thoughts and questions. If desired, create multiple boards to divide information by periods. Include a link to the site as part of a larger learning unit on dinosaurs or the earth's evolution over time. Include videos, websites, quizzes, and more as part of your unit. As students learn about changes in the earth over millions of years, enhance learning using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Use Google My Maps to create a virtual tour around the earth by adding location stops that include images and descriptions of changes over time to places worldwide.

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National Geographic 101 - National Geographic

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6 to 12
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Learn about and discover some of the world's most fascinating and timely topics with National Geographic's 101 video series. Each short video is under 5 minutes and features an overview...more
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Learn about and discover some of the world's most fascinating and timely topics with National Geographic's 101 video series. Each short video is under 5 minutes and features an overview of the issue. The diverse range of video subjects includes pollution, human origins, and the flu virus. Click the "more" button next to each video for a transcript and tags for related videos.
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tag(s): animals (264), chemicals (38), climate (78), climate change (74), dinosaurs (36), diseases (71), drugs and alcohol (27), energy (126), evolution (86), genetics (67), hiv/aids (19), moon (64), planets (108), plants (135), pollution (47), religions (64), romans (31), solar energy (32), solar system (94), space (202), STEM (219), sun (59), weather (156)

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Take advantage of the share feature included with each video to share a link or embed videos on your class website or student computers. These videos provide a wonderful opportunity for students to explore a variety of science topics that aren't always included in the science curriculum. As students find a topic of interest on the site, ask them to research additional information, and then use Canva, reviewed here, to modify their learning and create posters or infographics sharing their findings with their peers. Include student-created posters or infographics as part of an overall presentation using a portfolio-building site like About.me, reviewed here. Use About.me for students to create a portfolio as their future self as a scientist sharing their research that includes posters, written work, cited research, and more.

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Smithsonian X 3D - Smithsonian Institution

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6 to 12
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Tour some of the Smithsonian Museum's most treasured objects through 3D models and scientific missions. Through the use of 3D digitization techniques, the museum is rapidly adding content...more
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Tour some of the Smithsonian Museum's most treasured objects through 3D models and scientific missions. Through the use of 3D digitization techniques, the museum is rapidly adding content and collections to this site telling never-known stories about the museum's treasures. Use the site's search features to find models; some also include tours with additional information. Choose videos to learn how curators on the 3D team captured and shared information. Select the educators' portion of the site to download an ebook interdisciplinary learning experience combining technology and history in the study of Abraham Lincoln. For help in using this site, be sure to visit the Getting Started portion including directions on how to use the tools. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos on this site may not be viewable.

tag(s): dinosaurs (36), lincoln (59), museums (40), presidents (115), space (202), STEM (219), virtual field trips (66)

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Take advantage of these many resources to take a virtual visit with your class to the Smithsonian Museum. View artifacts and tours together on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector then allow students to explore on their own. After viewing a tour, ask students to research a topic further. Instead of a written report have students create an online quiz or game for fellow students using a quiz tool like Arcade Game Generator, reviewed here, or QuizWhizzer, reviewed here. Use a video response tool like Flipgrid, reviewed here, for student collaboration and sharing of research. Extend learning by asking students to create their own virtual field trip using Google Earth, reviewed here. Have students add articles, images, and videos to locations featured on their virtual trip.

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Smithsonian Learning Lab - The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

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4 to 12
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Discover, create, and share digital resources from the Smithsonian Museum, the National Zoo, and nine major research centers with this visually appealing site. Use the search feature...more
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Discover, create, and share digital resources from the Smithsonian Museum, the National Zoo, and nine major research centers with this visually appealing site. Use the search feature to find digital resources including photos, recordings, videos, and text. Sign up to create your own collections, including those found on the site and your own resources. Add annotations and develop quizzes. Easily share your creations or curated collections using social networking links provided. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): animals (264), architecture (62), art history (74), aviation (31), black history (80), civil war (129), dinosaurs (36), explorers (60), images (254), inventors and inventions (68), Learning Management Systems (23), oceans (128), scientists (61), Teacher Utilities (115)

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The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a must-add to your list of classroom bookmarks! Search for collections and information throughout the year on all topics. Add a link to classroom computers for the entire site or specific collections. Be sure to take advantage of the many features of this site to create customized collections, then have students add additional resources. Have students create quizzes for review of topics. Enhance student learning by challenging them to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easelly, reviewed here.

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The 25 Biggest Turning Points in Earth's History - BBC Earth

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7 to 12
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BBC Earth offers this interesting look at their 25 choices for the biggest turning points in Earth's history. Scroll through to learn about events beginning with the birth of Earth...more
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BBC Earth offers this interesting look at their 25 choices for the biggest turning points in Earth's history. Scroll through to learn about events beginning with the birth of Earth 4.5 billion years ago to the evolution of the human race 200,000 years ago. Each event includes approximate dates and a short description of the occurrence. Some events include animation. See these by clicking "Play Video." At the time of this review the animations were problematic using Safari. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.
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tag(s): cells (80), dinosaurs (36), earth (172), evolution (86), mammals (23), plants (135)

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Ask students to consider the question of the 25 biggest turning points in Earth's history before viewing this site together, and then compare responses. Have students brainstorm or collect ideas on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here, (quick start- no membership required!). Use this site as inspiration for students to create their own 25 (or whatever) choices for the biggest turning points in their life, your state, their country, a country they are studying, or any subject they are studying. Ask students to present their own 25 to their peers using an interactive poster like Adope Spark, reviewed here.

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DK FindOut - Dorling Kindersley Limited

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K to 9
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Find an answer to your question or great question starters for any conversation here with this free tool! Scroll through a few questions on the home page and click Find ...more
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Find an answer to your question or great question starters for any conversation here with this free tool! Scroll through a few questions on the home page and click Find Out More to get to the answer. Enter your search terms or question into the search box (I want to find out about...) Scroll down further in the page to view specific topics such as Animals and Nature, Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life, History, Music, Art, and Literature, Math, and more! Scroll down further to find information by category: What's New, Quizzes, Videos, Galleries, Fun Facts, and My Stuff. Create an account to save information in My Stuff. This tool has an option to sign up for a Teacher account, and coming soon will be the option for a Parent account.

tag(s): addition (126), animals (264), dinosaurs (36), division (98), earth (172), literature (220), multiplication (121), musical notation (32), plants (135), space (202), subtraction (111), writing (283)

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DK FindOut features subject-based, curriculum-linked articles that support classroom learning. These resources also contain ideas for projects or homework. Sign up for a Teacher account and have the option to use the Lesson Planner to organize information in the creation of a lesson. Use this site to find answers to popular student questions. Bookmark this site on class computers for students to find answers to questions they may have in class. Place a link to this site on your class web page for students to access when the questions pop up! Use this as an incentive for students to "teach" and share what they understand about the answer to their classmates. They could do this in an impromptu speech, or more formally while modifing their learning with an infographic using a tool such as Easel.ly, reviewed here, or enhance their learning using a word cloud (graphic) using WordItOut, reviewed here. Find great question starters for lessons and build an engaging lesson using many of these curricular resources.

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OneGeology Kids - OneGeology

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1 to 5
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Explore different parts of geology through OneGeology's cartoon-like characters. Each character provides information about topics such as rocks and minerals, energy, and earthquakes....more
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Explore different parts of geology through OneGeology's cartoon-like characters. Each character provides information about topics such as rocks and minerals, energy, and earthquakes. Click on the character and go to their page. Pages include a short overview of information, links to more information, photos, and maps with additional detail.

tag(s): dinosaurs (36), earthquakes (42), energy (126), fossils (36), geology (60), maps (220), rocks (36), volcanoes (50), water (96)

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Share OneGeology on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to introduce your geology unit to students. Enhance learning by having students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordItOut, reviewed here. Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Transform technology use and enhance learning by having students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to explain different geologic phenomenon.

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Antarctica: The Frozen Continent of the South Pole - Enchanted Learning

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K to 12
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Looking for great information on Antarctica? This site offers a variety of information about explorers, views from space, dinosaur fossils, surviving the cold, and more. ...more
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Looking for great information on Antarctica? This site offers a variety of information about explorers, views from space, dinosaur fossils, surviving the cold, and more.
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tag(s): animals (264), antarctica (27), continents (29)

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Provide this link to students on your class page. Provide time to view various pages of the site to gather general information to discuss as a class. Be sure to share the view from space and the map/geography on an interactive whiteboard or projector to the whole class. Identify the various Antarctic visitors (both human and other animals that come and go). Students can write a letter home and pretend to be one of the many visitors using information from this site in their creation. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students replace paper and pen by creating blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using Edublog, reviewed here.

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Animals Past and Present - University of Illinois Extension

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3 to 6
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Take an in-depth look at animals that have roamed the Earth from 65 million years ago through today with this interesting site. Begin with the introduction to find some incredible ...more
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Take an in-depth look at animals that have roamed the Earth from 65 million years ago through today with this interesting site. Begin with the introduction to find some incredible facts about the lack of life on early Earth and a timeline. Then explore early life in the planet's seas using images of fossils and descriptions of climate and earth changes leading to the formation of other forms of life. Other sections explore the World of Dinosaurs, Frosty Animals of the Ice Age, and Today's Animals and Their Distant Cousins. The site is also available in Spanish.

tag(s): animals (264), dinosaurs (36), fossils (36), illinois (6), mammals (23)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on animals on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Use this site as a learning station or center. Pair weaker readers with others to help with text-heavy portions. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site, and have them modify their learning by creating an infographic about an animal and its relatives sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here. Redefine students' learning by challenging them to create online multimedia animal posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Adobe Spark for K-12, reviewed here.

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Free Online Science Games - Sheppard Software

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K to 8
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Enjoy science interactives ideal for elementary children through middle grades. Topics include Life Cycles, Seasons, Dinosaurs, Cells, Consumers, Nutrition, Digestion, Skeletal system,...more
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Enjoy science interactives ideal for elementary children through middle grades. Topics include Life Cycles, Seasons, Dinosaurs, Cells, Consumers, Nutrition, Digestion, Skeletal system, and many others. Most resources indicate the appropriate level for their use.
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tag(s): animal homes (59), animals (264), body systems (41), cells (80), dinosaurs (36), life cycles (19), nutrition (132), oceans (128), periodic table (41), preK (231), seasons (32)

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Bookmark and save this site for use throughout the year with science lessons. Nearly all activities would work well on your projector or interactive whiteboard. For Example, use the Cell Games (including animal, plant, and bacterial cells) to introduce and explore parts of cells. Create a link on classroom computers or use on laptop carts for students to explore on their own. Simple online coloring science activities require no reading. Share this site on your school website with parents for exploration and reinforcement at home.

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Dinosphere at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis - The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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K to 8
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Journey back 65 million years to discover and learn all about dinosaurs and their time on earth. Choose a section to explore from links provided: teachers, parents, or kids. The ...more
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Journey back 65 million years to discover and learn all about dinosaurs and their time on earth. Choose a section to explore from links provided: teachers, parents, or kids. The kids portion contains an excellent FAQ with answers to common questions about dinosaurs. You can select several interactives and activities by age ranges. One great one to try is the Build a Dino activity: choose body parts to create your own dino then receive a progress report and test your dino to see if he can survive! The Teachers area of the site includes units of study for students in grade K-8 (there are webquests designed especially for grades 3-8), links to academic standards reinforced by visits to the dinosaur image gallery, and resources including reading lists. The webquests are also available in Spanish.

tag(s): dinosaurs (36), fossils (36)

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Have students create their own dino using the Build a Dino activity. Challenge students to draw and describe their dinosaur with an explanation of how and why different body parts were chosen. Use this as a descriptive writing piece. Create a class book of Dinosaur Creations! Choose from the webquests offered on the site for your class. Use webquests not only to learn about dinosaurs but also to sharpen research and debate skills. Extend learning by having students use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to record where dinosaur fossils have been found. This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place.

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E is for Explore! - Erin Bittman

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K to 6
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E is for Explore! offers many learning activities and opportunities for classroom exploration (and fun) that conforms to Common Core. Explore the blog by scrolling through the many...more
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E is for Explore! offers many learning activities and opportunities for classroom exploration (and fun) that conforms to Common Core. Explore the blog by scrolling through the many activities or search using keyword tags on the right of the page. Choose from popular posts such as Lego fractions or ABC handprints or St. Patrick's Day skittles. All activities include simple directions, and some include links to printables for completing activities. Be aware: some of the activities include comments from other users. At the time of this review all comments were appropriate.

tag(s): addition (126), alphabet (48), angles (52), branches of government (57), charts and graphs (156), density (19), dinosaurs (36), division (98), electricity (61), erosion (13), fractions (163), geology (60), geometric shapes (129), inferencing (5), literacy (84), logic (164), minerals (15), money (122), multiplication (121), place value (36), reading comprehension (123), rocks (36), senses (18), subtraction (111), transformations (11), weather (156)

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Bookmark this site for great hands-on activities across the curriculum. Use the activities throughout the school year. Allow students to explore areas of the site to find activities to perform on their own. For example, click on the fractions tag and allow students to view the list of activities to choose their own exploration. When finished, enhance learning by challenging students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain the activity and its outcome. Use a site such as Phrase.it, reviewed here, to add speech and thought bubbles.

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Montana Kids - Montana.gov

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Find out about the most fascinating Montana facts such as the story behind the state's name and how the grizzly bear became the state animal with this website just ...more
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Find out about the most fascinating Montana facts such as the story behind the state's name and how the grizzly bear became the state animal with this website just for kids. This site contains many different sections including agriculture, plants and animals, history, games, and much more. Each section is easy-to-read with bright graphics for visual interest. Be sure to visit the games portion for much more than games! There are many facts here about bears that are native to the state of Montana and an extremely in-depth listing of dinosaur information with an explanation of the rich history of finding dinosaurs in the state. Though the activities still use Flash, there is so much information to learn at this site that it is well worth your time.

tag(s): famous people (20), montana (3), states (122)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard then allow students to explore on their own. Create a scavenger hunt with information from the site for students to find. Brainstorm with Stormboard, reviewed here, having students enhance their learning by adding sticky notes of things they learn (or questions) about Montana on the online shared whiteboard. Use this site as part of a web exhibit collection about states using a tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to share all of the important links, information, and even brief descriptions.

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Science for Kids - Science Kids

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K to 6
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Explore the amazing world of Science through experiments, interactives, projects, videos, and much more on this comprehensive guide to science for kids. The site can be explored in...more
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Explore the amazing world of Science through experiments, interactives, projects, videos, and much more on this comprehensive guide to science for kids. The site can be explored in several ways - choose links at the top of the site for experiments, projects, or other activities. Specific topics such as animals, sound, or space can be found through links at the bottom of the home page. Experiments include lists of items needed, directions, and an explanation of the science involved. Educational games include matching and sorting activities to explore living things, physical processes, and states of matter. There are also images for science, free and available for use in projects. Some activities may require Flash, however, there is so much more to see and do at this site that it is worth the time for you and your students to explore.

tag(s): animal homes (59), animals (264), dinosaurs (36), geology (60), light (46), natural disasters (15), planets (108), plants (135), recycling (44), sound (70), water (96), weather (156)

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Use the quizzes on the site as a pre-assessment when beginning a new unit. Share images and videos included on the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to supplement classroom learning. Use the ideas from projects or experiments as resources for Science fairs. Assign experiments for students to demonstrate in class. Video the experiment presentations and share them with parents using a site such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Create a link on classroom computers for students to try the activities on the site.

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Kids' Habitat - San Diego Natural History Museum

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1 to 6
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At the site you can explore the various activities offered by the San Diego Natural History Museum. In the Canine Corner learn about domestic dogs and their cousins, learn little-known...more
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At the site you can explore the various activities offered by the San Diego Natural History Museum. In the Canine Corner learn about domestic dogs and their cousins, learn little-known facts about canines, and read the glossary of canine terms. Learn about vision by exploring The Eyes Have It section, learn about dinosaurs in the Dinosaur Dig, and explore living light and bio luminescence in the Lights Alive section of the site.

tag(s): animal homes (59), animals (264), dinosaurs (36), light (46)

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Share this site with students to explore on their own to learn more about the canine family when learning about groups of animals. Use the recommended reading list as a resource for students who love dogs and canines. Complete the grow your own minerals activity when learning about rocks and minerals. Redefine learning by challenging students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Lucidpress, Powtoon, and Vizia.

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Dinosaur Train - PBS Kids

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K to 4
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All Aboard.... the Dinosaur Train! This website takes two topics that kids love (dinosaurs and trains) and turns the experience into a wonderful lesson in language arts, science, social...more
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All Aboard.... the Dinosaur Train! This website takes two topics that kids love (dinosaurs and trains) and turns the experience into a wonderful lesson in language arts, science, social studies, and more. Climb aboard the train and find lesson plans, games (which ARE educational), a field guide (introducing the various dinosaurs), a print option for printable pages of dinosaurs, and a video button to view clips of this educational show. There is also a link for parents and teachers (with lesson plans, class activities, overview of the show, and more).

NOTE: the popularity of this site can make it slow to load, especially at peak times. Open it on the classroom computer before the lesson so it is in the "cache," and avoid heavy traffic times such as 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time when schools are online across the U.S.

tag(s): counting (58), dinosaurs (36), measurement (131), paleontology (26), preK (231)

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If you are teaching about dinosaurs, herbivores, carnivores, measurements, and many other topics, share this site on your interactive whiteboard. Share parts of the video clips and then discuss the science concepts discussed. Have students use the "Field Guides" to learn more about specific dinosaurs. Transform learning by having cooperative learning groups create multimedia presentations using Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, about the dinosaurs they study. How about creating a class DinoWiki (dinosaur wiki). Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Be sure to list this site on your class website for all of your dinosaur loving students to view at home!

NOTE: Open this site on the classroom computer before the lesson so it is in the "cache," and avoid heavy traffic times such as 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time when schools are online across the U.S.

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What Did T. rex Taste Like? - U.C. Berkeley

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7 to 12
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This well-organized site from U.C. Berkeley provides middle and high school students with an introduction to cladistics (a way of organizing living things by common ancestry and evolutionary...more
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This well-organized site from U.C. Berkeley provides middle and high school students with an introduction to cladistics (a way of organizing living things by common ancestry and evolutionary relationships) and involves students in posing hypotheses about past life based upon evolutionary history. The site was created with support from the National Science Foundation.

tag(s): dinosaurs (36), evolution (86), fossils (36)

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Use this activity as a learning center or station during a unit on cladistics or evolution. Save this site as a favorite on classroom computers and have students complete the activity in pairs or cooperative learning groups. This would be a great activity during a Biology class. As an extension, students can summarize what they learned in an flow chart or graphic organizer such as Holt Interactive Graphic Organizers, reviewed here.

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The Dino Directory - British Museum of Natural History

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This site from the Museum of Natural History is a rich resource for images of dinosaurs. You can select by body type, country, geologic time period, and other idicies. Apart ...more
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This site from the Museum of Natural History is a rich resource for images of dinosaurs. You can select by body type, country, geologic time period, and other idicies. Apart from the images, which are watermarked, there is only basic information on the size and environment of each creature on the landing page, however, scroll down to the bottom of the page for a site menu. Look for Discover, and under that Dinosaurs. On this page you will find a WEALTH of information from an Introduction to Dinosaurs to Dinosaur behavior, abilities, lifestyles, to Dinosaur Digs, and even Dinosaur Crafts and Activities. While not intended for elementary students, the navigation is simple enough for these students to use effectively in finding images.

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In the Classroom

In a unit on dinosaurs, share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector with students. The function they will find most interesting about this site is the area that describes the dinosaurs that existed in their local area! Brief bios are presented on all the dinosaurs, so this could also be a great resource if the students were to research their local dinosaurs for a project.

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