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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.  

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Primary Grades

Dino Tales

Dino world rich with fun and learning somewhat tricky to navigate

Bottom line: Dino-writing activities offer appealing opportunity for cross-curricular learning; gameplay could be challenging for some.

Ansel and Clair: Cretaceous Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs and their demise dominate in this last of a giant trilogy

Bottom line: This high-quality educational app delivers solid learning for students with a wide range of reading abilities.

Ansel and Clair: Jurassic Dinosaurs

Awesome time travel adventure lets kids walk with the dinosaurs

Bottom line: Second app in dinosaur trilogy is full of interaction and information.

Ansel and Clair: Triassic Dinosaurs

Kids travel back in time for a dino-size learning adventure

Bottom line: This well-crafted trilogy delivers solid learning for students with a wide range of reading abilities.

LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus: Dinosaurs

Join Ms. Frizzle on an engaging field trip into the realm of dinosaurs

Bottom line: The game is jam-packed with dinosaur data and educational fun, despite lacking in variety of activities.

National Geographic Kids

Stunning photos and in-depth stories of Earth's peoples and wildlife

Bottom line: This amazing collection of multimedia resources teaches kids about animals, habitats, countries, and cultures.


Science site with great info, variety of fun activities; needs update

Bottom line: Ology is based on accurate science and provides a variety of interesting activities, but kids may crave more opportunities for interactivity.

Secondary Grades


Compelling science videos have high-quality classroom applications

Bottom line: Stellar simulations, teacher guides, and other activities can stand on their own, and they're enhanced with high-quality video content.


Super STEM resource with highly accessible content

Bottom line: Making STEM content accessible to kids with different learning styles, CK-12 could be the key to mastery for some students.

Smithsonian Education Students

Kid-friendly access to museum resources on wide range of topics

Bottom line: Even given some limitations, the site is filled with ways for kids to explore meaning in historical artifacts, scientific data, and art.


Clever animated hosts Tim and Moby masterfully tackle complex topics

Bottom line: Cartoon videos in this extensive collection break down ideas in clever and thoughtful ways.

Fossil Forensics

Appealing science game has strong concept, leans on external context

Bottom line: The game is a solid portion of a scientific lesson, but requires the student/teacher guides for the full experience.


Online science, mastered: exceptional content within meaningful tasks

Bottom line: Serious, sophisticated science engagement -- but be prepared to take some prep time to connect these labs with your classroom.


High-quality multimedia brings biological research to life

Bottom line: Superb multimedia tools and lesson plans help kids explore biology through real-world examples.

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