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Paleontology and Dinosaur Apps, Games, and Websites

Most young kids go through a dinosaur phase. It's a great opportunity to cultivate early interest in science. As students get older they begin to question how scientists know so much about fossils and mass extinctions, and want to dig deeper into topics like forensics or paleobiology. Whatever they are looking for, blast kids to the prehistoric past with top tech featuring "terrible lizards" of all kinds.  

Primary Grades

Dino Tales Publisher: Kuato Studios
Dino world rich with fun and learning somewhat tricky to navigate
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
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Ansel and Clair: Cretaceous Dinosaurs Publisher: Cognitive Kid, Inc.
Dinosaurs and their demise dominate in this last of a giant trilogy
Grades 1-4
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms iPad
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Ansel and Clair: Jurassic Dinosaurs Publisher: Cognitive Kid, Inc.
Awesome time travel adventure lets kids walk with the dinosaurs
Grades 1-4
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms iPad, Apps for Windows
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Ansel and Clair: Triassic Dinosaurs Publisher: Cognitive Kid, Inc.
Kids travel back in time for a dino-size learning adventure
Grades 1-4
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms iPad
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus: Dinosaurs Publisher: LeapFrog
Join Ms. Frizzle on an engaging field trip into the realm of dinosaurs
Grades 1-4
Type Game
Price $24.99
Platforms LeapFrog games
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National Geographic Kids Visit Website: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com
Stunning photos and in-depth stories of Earth's peoples and wildlife
Grades 1-6
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Ology Visit Website: http://www.amnh.org/explore/ology
Science site with great info, variety of fun activities; needs update
Grades 2-6
Type Website
Price Free
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Secondary Grades

NOVA Visit Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova
Compelling science videos have high-quality classroom applications
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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CK-12 Visit Website: http://www.ck12.org
Super STEM resource with highly accessible content
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Smithsonian Education Students Visit Website: http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/students
Kid-friendly access to museum resources on wide range of topics
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
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BrainPop Visit Website: http://www.brainpop.com
Clever animated hosts Tim and Moby masterfully tackle complex topics
Grades 4-8
Type Website
Price From $220
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Fossil Forensics Publisher: Filament Games
Appealing science game has strong concept, leans on external context
Grades 4-8
Type Game
Price 5.99 per account
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
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NOVA Labs Visit Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/
Online science, mastered: exceptional content within meaningful tasks
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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BioInteractive Visit Website: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive
High-quality multimedia brings biological research to life
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
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