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
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.
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view the PDF files.
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 or you can write to:
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601