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This website is part of National Geographic's Xpeditions Hall, and offers videos, links to related sites, and other interactive features to help students understand the importance of environment as it relates to organisms and where they choose to live. This activity uses the dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex as an example and prompts students to find out what kind of environment would best suit this creature's ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Photograph, Video
Subject: Paleontology
 
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This National Geographic Society (NGS) website takes users behind the scenes of their 1996 article 'The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt'. The site contains an online egg hunt and a look at fossil researchers as they 'hatch' fossilized dinosaur eggs to reveal the embryos inside. This includes an in-depth look at 3 different dinosaur eggs that have been found, how researchers view the insides of fossilized ... Full description.
Grade level: Informal
Resource type: Tutorial, Photograph
Subject: Paleontology
 
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This Classroom Connectors lesson plan fossils and how they are formed. The site provides goals, objectives, an outline, time required, materials, activities, and closure ideas for the lesson. The Classroom Connectors address content with an activity approach while incorporating themes necessary to raise the activity to a higher cognition level. The major motivation is to employ instructional strategies ... Full description.
Grade level: Chemistry
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Paleontology
 
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This Palentological Research Institution (PRI) website illustrates for students many of the concepts paleontologists must consider daily in their research. Concepts such as size and shape, form and function, and the process of science are covered in the activities. Full description.
Grade level: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Properties and changes of properties in matter, The characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth's surface, The process, patterns, and functions of human settlement
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lab activity
Subject: Paleontology
 
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This website covers details about the Permian extinction, which occurred about 250 million years ago. It contains a paleontological overview of the extinction, discussing the life present at that time, evidence for the extinction, and what types of lifeforms disappeared. Other sections discuss various theories about what caused the mass-extinction including volcanism, impacts, climate change, glaciation, ... Full description.
Grade level: Educational theory and practice, Environmental science, Biological oceanography
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Map, Ref. material
Subject: Paleontology
 
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This University of Bristol page discusses in detail the Cambrian Explosion event that occurred about 545 million years ago. This site covers what the 'explosion' was and when it happened, the Cambrian environment, what caused this event to occur, fossil groups and their significance, and controversies surrounding this theory as well as recent discoveries. Full description.
Grade level: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources, The characteristics, distributions, and complexity of Earth's cultural mosaics, The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface, How culture and experience influence people's perception of places and regions
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Paleontology
 
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This University of Bristol page discusses the process and importance of studying dinosaur tracks and trackways. Beginning with footprint morphology and preservation, it covers track taphonomy, ichnotaxonomy, dinosaur posture and stance, behavior, gait and speed, paleoecology and how to identify the trackmaker. Links are provided for additional resources. Full description.
Grade level: Educational theory and practice, Environmental science
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Paleontology
 
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In this lesson plan students will investigate the evidence from modern and prehistoric crocodilians like SuperCroc (Sarcosuchus imperator) to determine the causes of survival and mass extinction at the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary about 65 million years ago. Students will research and take notes on questions about modern and prehistoric crocodilians, and write papers providing their opinions of why ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Paleontology
 
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This lesson plan asks students to think about the ways in which living animals use their bodies and the ways in which dinosaurs might have used their bodies based on fossil evidence and our best educated guesses. These topics serve as a prelude to studying evolution and adaptation. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Paleontology
 
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This lesson plan is about the process by which paleontologists locate, excavate, and study dinosaurs. Students will write journal entries pretending they are on a dinosaur dig. They will also make fact sheets about this recently discovered Jobaria dinosaur; place Jobaria into a timeline to indicate the periods in which it lived; visit a website to learn about the steps involved in finding and excavating ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Paleontology
 
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