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Dinosaurs Topic Guide

Millions of years ago, dinosaurs lived on Earth. These fascinating creatures ranged in size from tiny flying creatures, to enormous “titanosaurs” such as Dreadnoughtus, which was 26 metres (85 feet) long! Dinosaurs thrived during three prehistoric periods; the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous.

Some of the animals that lived alongside the dinosaurs can still be found in the world today, such as crocodiles and crabs, but the dinosaurs themselves died out 65 million years ago.

Teach your children about dinosaurs using our handy topic guide!

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Teaching Ideas

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Resources

The Dinosaurs Pack

Dinosaur Facts

  • The word “dinosaur” was first used in 1842 by a scientist named Richard Owen. The word comes from the Ancient Greek and means “terrible lizard”.
  • Dinosaur fossils have been found on every continent on Earth.
  • The earliest dinosaurs appeared during the Triassic era, over 200 million years ago.
  • Modern birds evolved from dinosaurs; the oldest bird fossils are about 150 million years old and have teeth rather than beaks.
  • Dinosaurs lived on earth for millions of years before an extinction event about 65 million years ago. Scientists have different theories about what caused it, including a change in the climate, volcanic activity or an impact from an asteroid.

Videos

Diplodocus Facts

Find out about Diplodocus in this fantastic CBeebies video.

Running time: 5:34

Dinosaurs 101

This video gives a brief overview of dinosaurs.

Running time: 3:47

How do dinosaur fossils form?

An animation for the Natural History museum explaining fossil formation.

Running time: 3:49

How dinosaurs footprints get made in solid rock

Join a group of children finding dinosaur footprints at the beach.

Running time: 5:53

Mary Anning – Fossil Hunter

An animated biography of famous fossil hunter Mary Anning.

Running time: 5:06

Books

Katie and the Dinosaurs

Katie steps back into the world of the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum.

Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish

This classic children’s book introduces children to environmental issues.

The Dinosaur's Diary

It’s difficult for a dinosaur to find a safe place to lay her eggs, in this book for confident readers.

Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp

It’s difficult for a dinosaur to find a safe place to lay her eggs, in this book for confident readers.

Dear Dinosaur

When Max writes to the T Rex, the T Rex writes back! Read their letters in this book.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

Find out about a dinosaur’s bedtime routine in this charming book.

Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs

An incredible pop-up reference book all about dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life

An incredible pop-up reference book all about dinosaurs.

Life on Earth: Dinosaurs

This engaging lift-the-flap book is perfect for younger children.

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