Combined with Ansel & Clair: Triassic Dinosaurs and Ansel & Clair: Creatceous Dinosaurs, this app can be used as a tool to help kids learn about different dinosaurs and the unique periods of Earth's history in which they lived. This is an excellent science or social studies app for pre-readers or readers. Domain-specific vocabulary is a major point of interest here, and teachers may want to reinforce the difficult but fascinating dinosaur names kids are learning here in classroom-wide lessons about the sub-meanings within those names, and classification in paleontology. Because of the vast amount of interactivity and ability to customize the experience by taking photos, writing in a journal, and navigating in and out of areas as users wish, this app is best used independently.Continue reading Show less
Editor's Note: Ansel & Clair: Jurassic Dinosaurs is no longer available for download.
Ansel & Clair: Jurassic Dinosaurs is one of three apps in an educational series featuring the largest animals to ever swim, fly, and walk on Earth. This trilogy combines geography, history, science, and geology lessons in interactive, engaging ways that will quickly become a favorite of dinosaur-loving kids. Create a user account for each student (up to four per device), then have them watch the intro and enter the app's interactive area. There's a dinosaur dig where kids can learn some paleontology vocabulary and "dig" for dinosaur bones, and a lush dinosaur habitat where kids watch for the interactive icons to tap and hear fun facts about seven Jurassic dinosaurs, like the Allosaurus, an ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Apatosaurus, and the Archaeopteryx, the earliest known flying dinosaur. Kids can simply listen to instructions or watch for the moving pointers to find the interactive options. Kids can make a dinosaur, take photos for an album, write in a journal, complete puzzles of dinosaurs, and more.
Ansel & Clair: Jurassic Dinosaurs is a great educational app to use with kids of a wide range of reading abilities. Kids do not need to be able to read to play these games and learn a lot about dinosaurs. For those who can read, there are words interspersed throughout the visual content and kids can write in a journal about what they're seeing and learning, for more advanced work and some practice in tech skills. There's a lot of domain-specific science vocabulary on this app, and kids can get a basic idea of what it's like to be on a dinosaur dig or what the Earth looked like when dinosaurs were more than bones. By tapping on the robot Clair, kids can access more indepth information. This app offers lots of learning packed into fun, interactive scenes.
Key Standards Supported
Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using frequently occurring conjunctions to signal simple relationships (e.g., because).
Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe (e.g., When other kids are happy that makes me happy).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships (e.g., After dinner that night we went looking for them).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).
Key Standards Supported
Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.
Earth and Human Activity
Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.