Social Studies - Gr.4 Online Interactives

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Scholastic Study Jams: Fossils site description for Scholastic Study Jams: Fossils
You can use the orange arrows to move the slide show of fossils and paleontology digs or let the images change on their own. Try out the test about fossils as well.

Virtual Dinosaur Dig site description for Virtual Dinosaur Dig
On this virtual dig, you can find a fossil, excavate your fossil, and then learn about the dinosaur that it came from. You'll need to take the specimen back to the museum to prepare it for display.

Dinosaur Tracks site description for Dinosaur Tracks
"These horned dinosaur footprints were found in the United States, near the town of Golden, Colorado. We can use these prints to tell how fast these dinosaurs were walking." (site)

Feathers and Flight site description for Feathers and Flight
"We know that some dinosaurs had feathers, but did dinosaurs actually fly? If not, why did they have feathers? Comparing the feathers of ancient dinosaurs to those of modern birds can provide some interesting clues to the origin of feathers and flight." (site)

Understanding Geologic Time site description for Understanding Geologic Time
This interactive activity helps you get a sense of the huge spread of geologic time. Click on the Start Student on the left side of your screen.

NOVA: Built to Fly site description for NOVA: Built to Fly
This NOVA interactive compares three of the more bird-like dinosaurs: archaeopteryx, microraptor and deinonychus. Within the detailed pictures, choose skeletal image and examine specific body parts or choose to view the life drawing.

Unusual Suspects site description for Unusual Suspects
"Knowing what group a dinosaur belongs to is a good way to keep them organized in your mind." (site) Learn your dinosaur groups and help Dr. Rex Von Claws capture the dinosaurs that have escaped in present-day Ottawa!

What is a Dinosaur? site description for What is a Dinosaur?
"In the squares around the screen there are eight prehistoric animals. Some are dinosaurs and others are animals that sometimes get mistaken for dinosaurs." (site) Do you know which of these animals is not a dinosaur?

Who's Hip? site description for Who's Hip?
"Dinosaurs are divided into two main groups. One is called the saurischians and the other the ornithischians. The way to tell them apart is by their hips..." (site) After you've learned which animals belong to the groups, help Dr. D in his medical clinic. He's got a waiting room full of dinosaurs...

Foot Bones site description for Foot Bones
Take a look at a chamosaur footprint and see if you can match the metacarpals to the print. Then, watch an animation of a chamosaur walking, including a detailed look at their front feet.

Dino-bird Connection site description for Dino-bird Connection
"The feathered discoveries raise two important questions about dinosaurs. What is the relationship between birds and dinosaurs? And, how did flight evolve from land-dwelling feathered reptiles?" (site)

Declining Diversity site description for Declining Diversity
"Some fossil sites seem to show that as the extinction at the K-T boundary approached, the number of different dinosaur species was decreasing... The fossils in each layer of rock give us a snapshot of life at that specific time." (site) Watch a video of a paleontologist offering an explanation.

Be the Artist! site description for Be the Artist!
"Figuring out what dinosaurs looked like is a unique blend of science and art." In this activity, you can decide what the dinosaurs look like, including the colour and texture of their skin. Have fun!

Walking with Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Gallery site description for Walking with Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Gallery
Scroll down to find the gallery of dinosaurs and then click on a dinosaur that interests you. You will find information about that dinosaur: when and where they lived, their teeth, bodies and more. You can also compare the dinosaur's height, weight and length to things in your world.

Jurassic Forest videos site description for Jurassic Forest videos
Check out these great videos, created by the palaeontologists at The Jurassic Forest, north of Edmonton. Learn about dino classification, brontosaurus, deep time and invertebrates.

Name That Reptile! site description for Name That Reptile!
"Pick any group of Mesozoic reptiles on the left. Each group contains three reptiles to choose from. Match the name to the right reptile and you'll win a printable data sheet." (site) Psst.. you may want to check out the What's in a name? link first.

Zipper's Cave Maze site description for Zipper's Cave Maze
Zipper is exploring the dangerous and exciting dinosaur caverns of Arizona. Can you help him on his quest?

Dino Dig! site description for Dino Dig!
Play this interactive game; dig up dinosaur fossils and put the dinosaurs back together.
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