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RE: Dinosaur classroom activities
>5. Dinosaur Sites, Lessons and Science Museums
> Here is a collection of excellent dinosaur sites.
> WEB WONDERS--compiled by Karen Rasmussen
> What is it about dinosaurs that captures the
> imaginations of almost every child and many adults?
> Maybe it's hard to believe that such fantastic
> creatures ever roamed the earth. Here are some sites
> that are to sure to fuel your interest in these
> fascinating creatures. October was the first annual
> International Dinosaur month; we're belatedly
> celebrating the dinos.
> Mrs. Tate's 4th grade class at Holy Cross School in
> Illinois researched dinosaurs and wrote their own
> dinosaur songs and poems. An example: "Archaeopteryx is
> his name, / Eatin' every bug is his game, / He flies
> high in the sky, / Eatin' every bug passing by. /
> Archaeopteryx kills his prey, / Then he eats it the
> very same day. / Archaeopteryx had all feathers, / So
> he could fly through all kinds of weathers." Catchy,
> and I'll bet you learned something, too! You can also
> view the class's dioramas.
> Did you know that dinosaur eggs and nests have been
> discovered at 199 sites around the world, primarily in
> China, Mongolia, Argentina, India, and the Great Plains
> of North America? This site allows you to learn about
> how these eggs are studied, including how they are
> found, the methods scientists use to discover the
> fossilized embryo in each egg, and to view an artist's
> model of what the embryos would have looked like. Very cool!
> "Scietia, Sapientia, Joci Ridiculi" ("Science, Wisdom,
> Silly Jokes") is the motto of this site. Here you'll
> find the latest news in the world of dinosaurs and
> paleontology, lists of movies about dinosaurs, and a
> chat room. Has a good list of links and indicates the
> ones that are especially good for K-6.
> Discovery Room Online
> Brought to you by the Carnegie Museum of Natural
> History in Pittsburgh, here you can find answers to
> commonly asked questions about dinosaurs and learn why
> scientists gave dinosaurs long and complicated names,
> such as Corythosaurus. Also includes information on
> how to pronounce these names (kor-ith-a-SORE-us).
> The Flintstones
> Forget Barney. Everyone's real favorite dinosaur is
> Dino from this animated series. Find out if Dino ever
> spoke in any of the shows and download his picture. You
> can also learn about the rest of the show's characters
> and their home in Bedrock.
> University of California Museum of Paleontology
> This site goes beyond mere dinosaurs to encompass
> evolution, geology, and plant and animal life since the
> Earth's beginning. It will make you excited about
> science! Click on "Phylogeny" to get to the dinosaurs
> section and be sure to visit the special exhibits on
> Dilophosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Dinobuzz. Don't
> forget to check out the comprehensive list of dinosaur
> links. Teachers will want to look under "Education and
> Public Outreach" at the main menu to view "Learning
> from the Fossil Record." This newsletter lists
> classroom activities and ties them to national science
> standards. Hop on "The Subway" to visit more science-related
> sites on the Web.
> Zoom Dinosaurs
> Why did the dinosaur cross the road? The chicken hadn't
> evolved yet! In addition to dinosaur jokes, this
> colorful site features a wealth of information about
> dinosaurs. Learn when and how they lived, possible
> reasons they became extinct, and myths about them. Want
> to know about a specific dinosaur? Click on "Species
> and Classifications" and choose your favorite. I
> learned that Pachycephalosaurus was a 20-foot-tall,
> fast-moving herbivore with a nine-inch thick skull!
> Check out "Classroom Activities and Links" for ideas to
> use with students of all grade levels and ages.
> Karen Rasmussen is staff writer for ASCD's newsletters
> and special publications and is editor of *Education