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

Scholastic Dinosaurs!
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

Dinosaur Timeline

National Geographic -Monsters of the Ancient Sea

Links for Parents and Teachers
Gander Academy -

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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
Parents:  Guidance while using any internet connection  is both encouraged and expected.  Some information is written at a reading level above your child's.  Site information can change at any time. Please e-mail me if you find anything that is inappropriate.
Life Long Ago
This page was last updated: February 28, 2012
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