There is a great deal of conflicting information about dinosaurs and life long ago available in books and on the Internet. In school I will be basing our study on the U.S. Geological Survey's information about dinosaurs. The Usborne Internet-linked books will be our references. There were animals on Earth long before there were any people. These animals are called prehistoric animals. The most famous ones are the dinosaurs. Dinosaurs were reptiles that lived on land. While dinosaurs lived on land, other prehistoric reptiles swam in the sea. One group of prehistoric sea reptiles is the plesiosaurs. Ichthyosaurs were dolphin-like reptiles that swam in the seas and oceans. Flying reptiles lived at the same time as dinosaurs. Pterosaurs were flying reptiles. Pteranodons and Quetzalcoatlus were pterosaurs. Scientists think birds evolved from a group of dinosaurs called dromaesaurs. The first bird we know about is called Archaeopteryx.
Links for Second Graders and Families
Magic School Bus Game
Dinosaur TimesAsk a Dinosaur Expert Dinosaur Picture Book Dinosaur Picture Book Cyberhunt Dinosaur Tour Research Starters Build-a-Dinosaur
Zoom Dinosaurs is a comprehensive on-line hypertext book about dinosaurs. It is designed for students of all ages and levels of comprehension. It has an easy-to-use structure that allows readers to start at a basic level on each topic, and then to progress to much more advanced information as desired, simply by clicking on links.
Usborne Internet-Linked First Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life
Usborne Discovery Internet-Linked Dinosaurs
Usborne Internet-Linked World Atlas of Dinosaurs
Three great resource books that we have in school. You can use the links without the books by typing page numbers to explore what is available.
Dinosaur Word Search
National Geographic -Monsters of the Ancient Sea
Links for Parents and Teachers
Gander Academy -
Clip Art of Dinosaurs
Hands-On Technology Program
A series of experiments about dinosaurs and paleontology that was designed for use in the second grade.
Teaching is a Work of Heart - Dinosaur Page
Picadome Site - Kentucky School
Mr. Needleman's Fossil Unit
Supplements the Open Court Reading Program Unit but can be used by any teacher
Includes Chants, Crosswords, Power Point Presentations, Writing and Vocabulary Activities
U.S. Geological Survey Learning Web Page
Fossils and Earth History
Nature Watch Site - Possible Purchases: Fossils and Amber
Dinorella Readers Theater