In this Mystery, students investigate the hypothesis that an asteroid impact caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. In the activity, students create their own dinosaur food webs, then trace the flow of energy from the sun throughout the web.
How could scientists figure out what dinosaurs ate by studying fossils?
How do you think a single asteroid hitting the Earth could cause all the dinosaurs to go extinct?
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The American Museum of Natural History in New York has a great Dinosaur Curriculum Collection (Grades 5–8; lesson plans included). Check these out:
Dinosaurs are usually named for the people who find them, the places they’re found, or the way they look. Sometimes, though, scientists have a bit of fun with it, as you’ll see when you read about a new dinosaur called Dracorex hogwartsia.” (Sound familiar?)
To find out more about how dinosaurs are named, check out this site.
It may be hard to believe, but there are dinosaurs around us every day. You might even have had one for dinner last night.
Scientists and artists work together to imagine how dinosaurs looked and lived. Here, you’ll watch a video, read an article, and then create a dinosaur of your own.
Readings from Newsela are free with registration. They’re available in English or Spanish and can be adjusted for reading level. A writing prompt and quiz questions are available for each reading. (Readings below are all Grade Level 5.)