Australian Dinosaur Story
This site is an initiative of the Australian Government Department
of the Environment and Heritage and promoted as a pilot education project
through the joint Commonwealth, States and Territories heritage web site
www.heritage.gov.au. It has been designed to educate middle
to upper-primary students about the amazing and unique dinosaurs that
lived in Australia primarily during the Cretaceous Period.
This web site contains background information for students on a number
of dinosaur related topics, and follows a logical progression from the
formation of the Australian continent to the discovery of dinosaur fossils.
A particular focus is given to the discovery of dinosaur trackways at
Lark Quarry, near Winton in central Queensland. Lark Quarry contains the
only evidence in the world of a dinosaur stampede and was recently included
in the new National Heritage List for its outstanding heritage values.
This web site includes 3D animations of the Lark Quarry dinosaurs that
students can manipulate, an interactive depicting the break up of Pangaea
(the 'super continent') and, quiz and crossword interactives with sounds
and reward animations for students on completion.
Provided below are ideas for lesson plans in each of the Eight Key Learning
areas in HTML and PDF format, along with 10 student activity sheets that
can be photocopied for classroom use without infringing Copyright.
The Links section of this web site provides access to other web sites for
students wishing to undertake further research on the topic.
We hope you and your students enjoy the Australian Dinosaur Story web site
experience and we welcome your feedback. You can contact us via email
at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can write to:
Department of the Environment and Heritage
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Printable resources available on the Australian Dinosaur Story web site
Australian Dinosaur Story lesson ideas (PDF, 122k)
Solutions to student activities (PDF, 156k)
1. Science ~ A quick quiz (PDF, 174k)
2. Science ~ Create your own geological timeline (PDF, 100k)
3. Science ~ Interpreting ancient scenes (PDF, 121k)
4. Soc. & env. ~ Back in time cross-offs (PDF, 81k)
5. Soc. & env. ~ Dinosaur feeding at Cretaceous Park (PDF, 135k)
6. English ~ Tell your story (PDF, 92k)
7. English ~ Naming dinosaurs & other extinct reptiles (PDF, 118k)
8. English ~ Research it! (PDF, 96k)
9. Languages ~ Australian dinosaur language (PDF, 113k)
10. Maths ~ Picture graph (PDF, 128k)
Resources are also available in HTML format.