Dinosaur Printables

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Word Search - The Terrible Lizard

Dinosaurs are fascinating to most children and young students -- the term, after all, literally means "terrible lizard." Dinosaurs didn't spring suddenly into existence two hundred million years ago, huge, toothy and hungry for grub. Like all living things, they evolved, slowly and gradually, according to the rules of Darwinian selection and adaptation, from previously existing creatures -- in this case, a family of primitive reptiles known as archosaurs  ("ruling lizards"). Use this word search to introduce students to concepts associated dinosaurs -- as well as the names of the most famous terrible lizards.

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Vocabulary - The Jurassic Period

Many adults and students are probably familiar with the term "Jurassic" from popular movies such as Stephen Speilberg's 1993 film "Jurrasic Park" about an island filled with rampaging dinosaurs that were brought back to life. But Merriam-Webster notes that the term actually refers to a time period: "of, relating to, or being the period of the Mesozoic era between the Triassic and the Cretaceous ... marked by the presence of dinosaurs and the first appearance of birds." Use this vocabulary worksheet to introduce students to this and other dinosaur terms.

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Crossword Puzzle - Reptiles

This crossword puzzle will help students consider the definition of dinosaur terms as the fill in the across and down words. Use this worksheet as an opportunity to discuss the term "reptile," for example, as well as how dinosaurs were examples of this kind of animal. Talk about how other kinds of reptiles ruled the earth even before the dinosaurs.

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Talk about the difference between omnivores and carnivores after students complete this dinosaur challenge page. With the raging debate over nutrition in society, this is a great opportunity to discuss dietary plans and health, such as the vegan (no meat) vs. paleo (mostly meat) diets.

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Dinosaur Alphabetizing Activity

This alphabet activity will allow students to place their dinosaur words in correct order. When they're done, write the terms from this list on the board, explain them and then have students write the definition of the words. This will show how well they know their Stegosauruses from their Brachiosauruses.

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Pterosaurs - Flying Reptiles

Pterosaurs ("winged lizards") hold a special place in the history of life on Earth: They were the first creatures, other than insects, to successfully populate the skies. After students complete this Pterosaur coloring page, explain that these were not birds but flying reptiles that evolved along with the dinosaurs. Indeed, birds are descended from feathered, land-bound dinosaurs -- not from the Pterosaur.

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Dinosaur Draw and Write

Once you've spent some time covering the subject, have younger students draw a picture of their favorite dinosaur and write a short sentence about it on this draw-and-write page. Plenty of images exist depicting the what dinosaurs looked like and how they lived. Look up a few on the internet for students to view.

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Dinosaur Theme Paper

This dinosaur theme paper gives older students a chance to write a couple of paragraphs about dinosaurs. Have students look up a documentary about dinosaurs on the internet -- many are available for free such as "National Geographic - Jurassic CSI: Ultimate Dino Secrets Special," which recreates the ancient lizards in 3-D and also explains their structures using fossils and models. Then, have students write a brief summary of the video.

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Coloring Page

Younger students can also practice their coloring and writing skills on this dinosaur coloring page. The page provides a written example of the word "dinosaur" with space for children to practice writing the word once or twice.

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Archaeopteryx Coloring Page

Archaeopteryx Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

This coloring page provides a great opportunity to discuss Archaeopteryx, an extinct primitive toothed bird of the Jurassic period, which had a long feathered tail and hollow bones. It was likely the most primitive of all birds. Discuss how the Archaeopteryx was, indeed, likely the oldest ancestor of modern birds -- while the Pterosaur was not.