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An Education World QuickQuest

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Invite your students to learn the reasons for the public's endless fascination with the world's most well-known prehistoric creatures as they complete Dinosaurs Sell!, an Education World QuickQuest. Included: A printable WebQuest.

In this activity, students learn that the Smithsonian National Museum is about to launch a dinosaur Web site, entitled Dinosaurs at the National Museum of Natural History. The interactive exhibit is the first dinosaur exhibit created by a major museum since the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, unveiled Sue, the largest Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. In order to publicize the new site, students will create a presentation to increase public interest in dinosaurs and in the exhibit.

Click here for a printable version of the Education World QuickQuest for students to use as they complete the activity.

In this activity, students are asked to publicize the National Museum of Natural History's new Web site by creating a presentation to increase public interest in dinosaurs. Working individually or in small groups, students will

  • choose a dinosaur they think will capture the interest of people around the world;
  • explore the Dinosaur Sites provided (or search for additional sites) to learn all they can about the dinosaur they select;
  • write down three fascinating facts about the dinosaur;
  • download dinosaur clip art or draw a picture of the dinosaur;
  • decide how the dinosaur can best be used to capture public interest;
  • create a presentation that will increase public awareness of dinosaurs and stimulate interest in the new Web site.
  • invite their classmates to make suggestions that will help the dinosaur become the most famous animal in the world!

Click here for printable version of dinosaur sites.

DINOSAUR SITES

The Dinosauricon
(http://www.dinosaurhome.com/dinosauricon-22779.html)
This site is the best place to start for information about specific dinosaurs or dinosaur families.

ZoomDinosaurs.com
(http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs)
This site contains lots of dinosaur information, including a useful Dinosaur Dictionary.

Dinosaur Illustrations
(http://www.search4dinosaurs.com/pictures.html)
The dinosaur illustrations at this site include just about every type you can think of, from Acrocanthosaurus to Xiphactinus.

DinoDon.com
(http://www.dinodon.com)
Dinosaur expert Don Lessem provides lots of dinosaur resources, including stories, facts, art, and additional links.

Dinosaurs
(http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/dinosaurs)
This dinosaur site includes individual pages about many different types of dinosaurs.

Discovering Dinosaurs
(http://www.britannica.com/dinosaurs/dinosaurs/index2.html)
Learn how scientists' theories about dinosaurs have changed through the years.

Meet the Dinosaurs
(http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/
msese/dinosaurflr/meet.html)
The Staircase of Time at this site is an excellent resource for discovering when dinosaurs lived.

Dinosaurs
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/dinosaurs)
This site is full of sights, sounds, and information about dinosaurs and the times they lived in.

Prehistoric World, Prehistoric Time
(http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/prehistoric-world.html)
Discover a variety of dinosaur information from past issues of National Geographic.

Dinosaur Guide
(http://dsc.discovery.com/guides/dinosaur/dinosaur.html)
Explore how dinosaurs looked, moved, sounded, and behaved.

DinoData
(http://www.dinodata.org/)
With the help of many experts and dinosaur afficionados, Fred Bervoets has put together a virtual encyclopedia of dinosaur data.

DINOSAUR CLIPART

Dinosaur Clipart for Kids
(http://www.bry-backmanor.org/dinosaurs/colordinoclips3.html)
This site offers large images of a variety of dinosaurs.

Prehistoric Animals Clipart
(http://classroomclipart.com/cgi-bin/kids/imageFolio.cgi?direct=Dinosaurs)
Classroom Clipart provides several pages of dinosaur images.

Linda Starr
Education World®
Copyright © 2010 Education World

Originally published 05/22/2000
Last updated 06/02/2010
 

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