Dinosaurs roamed the Earth over 200 million years ago and were the dominant terrestrial vertebrate for 135 million years. It is believed their extinction came about because of changes in the climate they couldn’t adapt to. Birds are the closest relative to a dinosaur that we have. Below are some interesting facts about dinosaurs.
- Dinosaurs walked the earth for over 165 million years.
- They lived during a period of time known as the Mesozoic Era, or Age of Reptiles.
- At the end of the Cretaceous Period they became extinct – that was around 65 million years ago. During this time there was a great deal of volcanic activity and many earthquakes.
- Many people believe that dinosaurs became extinct because an asteroid hit the earth changing the climate dramatically. It is believed that dinosaurs couldn’t adapt to these changes.
- The word dinosaur means terrifying lizard. This name was invented by Sir Richard Owen in 1842.
- The oldest known dinosaur is Eoraptor, a meat-eater that lived 228 million years ago.
- Most dinosaurs hatch from eggs, and they could not fly or live in water.
- Dinosaurs are classified as reptiles. They are divided into two groups based on the structure of the hip. One group has lizard-like hips and the other group has bird-like hips.
- Most palaeontologists, scientists that study dinosaurs, believe that birds are the only surviving dinosaurs. So dinosaurs aren’t really extinct because their descendants are still living.
- The biggest dinosaurs were over 100 feet long and 50 feet tall… the sauropod was the largest dinosaur… the smallest dinosaurs were the size of a chicken and were called mussaurus, or mouse lizard.
- Some dinosaurs were carnivores, meat-eaters, and some were herbivores, plant eaters. Some walked on two legs, while others walked on all four legs. Some had horns and spikes, others had thick bumpy skin, and some even had feathers.
- The color of all dinosaurs is unknown because no one was alive at that time in history.
- There are currently over 330 described dinosaur species and this number is growing.
This bundle includes 11 ready-to-use dinosaur worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about these ancient animals that lived on the Earth over 200 million years ago. Students will read and write about the different eras, their diet, vegetation, how they became extinct and much more!
This download includes the following worksheets:
Using their own research, students will research different dinosaurs and identify which era they fall into.
Draw Your Own Dinosaur
Students will become Paleoart Masters and try to reconstruct what their chosen dinosaur looks like by researching it and drawing a picture.
Carnivore vs Herbivore
In this worksheet, the student will work through the list of dinosaurs to identify whether they were a meat eating carnivore, or a plant eating herbivore.
Dinosaur Criss Cross
Using the dinosaur keywords listed, students will complete the criss-cross squares by writing the correct word in each.
Fill in the Blanks
This activity will have the student completing the dinosaur fact sheet by filling in the blanks to complete the sentence.
Some Dinosaurs Fly
The goal of this worksheet is to research the Pterodactyl, the flying dinosaur, and complete the information sheet about them.
Mammals During Mesozoic Era
Students will learn about mammals during the age of dinosaurs (the Mesozoic Era) and answer questions about them to test understanding.
Vegetation in Mesozoic Era
In this activity students will work through the reading comprehension on vegetation and them color in the dinosaur coloring page.
This worksheet will explain why scientists believe dinosaurs went extinct and the student will draw each of the events in the provided boxes.
Descendants of Dinosaurs
This writing prompt will ask the student to explore the living descendants of dinosaurs on Earth. Do we have any alive now?
Can Humans and Dinosaurs Co-Exist?
Students will complete this writing challenge by thinking about whether humans and dinosaurs could live together on Earth.
Use With Any Curriculum
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum. You can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.