Dinosaur Research Unit


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Let your students become paleontologists with this fun dinosaur unit! It is perfect for students who are learning how to use informational text and studying dinosaurs. It is a great dinosaur activity for learning about types of dinosaurs and writing dinosaur reports. Students can conduct traditional book and/or internet research. Students can conduct traditional book and/or internet research. Everything you need for a successful unit is included in this packet!

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Students will first learn how to use the text features in informational text including the table of contents and index. They will also learn how to find credible sources on the internet. Then, students will be assigned a type of dinosaur to research(and optionally, a partner or group to work with). Students will have a Dinosaur Research Journal that they will use as a guide as they research about the dinosaur in general as well as their assigned dinosaur. Editable sections have been added to the research journals so you may add your own questions!

Once students have completed their research, they will use it to complete two culminating activities: a report/presentation and a salt dough fossil of their dinosaur.  Finally, other classes and parents will be invited to the “Dinosaur Fair” where your students can show off their dinosaur fossils.


  • Teacher Info Pages: This includes a sample unit outline, grading rubric, and lesson plans for internet research, intro lesson, research journals, and final projects.
  • Book research/ text features worksheets: Students will review other text features including: glossary, titles, headings, photos, captions, graphs/charts, and special print. They will also compare and contrast the table of contents and index.
  • Internet research worksheets: These worksheets will familiarize your students with how to find credible sources on the internet for research.
  • Dinosaur Cards Cards with the name and clip art of each type of dinosaur of water. You can use these to assign students a dinosaur to research.
  • Research Journals: The research journals will guide the students throughout their research. There is one question on each page for the students to find the answer to. 19 pre-written pages are included, plus 2 blank ones to add your own questions. Full page and half page versions are BOTH included in this resource. Choose which version is best for your students.
  • Salt Dough Fossil & Dinosaur Report Instructions Lesson plan for the student’s final project
  • Salt Dough Fossil Example A photo example of the final project
  • Parent Letter & Dinosaur Fair Invitation: Keep the parents in the loop! Let them know what is going on with the unit and invite them to the fair, if you decide to host one.
  • Final Report Pages and info: A final report page is included as well as examples and lessons to have students create a salt dough model of their dinosaur.
  • **BONUS! ALL PAGES in the document are included in both vivid color AND Ink Friendly Black & White for your convenience**

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1 review for Dinosaur Research Unit

  1. Sara

    Rarrr! Be prepared to rearch awesome Dinos!!

    These units are designed to engage students and not just be printed work sheets. They are working, researching and getting their hands dirty at the same time! What I love most about the units, is the formats are all the same across themes. Your students become familiar with the structure and this makes the transitions so much easier.

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Dinosaur Research Unit