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Bristol Dinosaur Project: Teacher resources

How can a teacher get across all the key scientific ideas around dinosaurs? These include deep time (= geological time; millions of years), evolution (so often misunderstood), changing climates through time, moving landmasses (= continental drift), and how to reconstruct a dinosaur as a living animal from a pile of bones.

In these teacher packs, each aimed at a different Key Stage, is basic information, as well as activities and ideas for curriculum-based activities. The activities focus on current scientific advances and allow for self-directed research. Also find out more about our school visits here.

Paleontology resource packs

Download the Bristol dinosaur fact sheet, Palaeontology Key Stage 1

Download the Bristol dinosaur fact sheet, Palaeontology Key Stage 2

Download the Bristol dinosaur fact sheet, Palaeontology Key Stages 3 and 4

Recommended reading

There are hundreds of dinosaur books on the market, but these are some we particularly recommend.

  • Hughes, C. D. 2014. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books, 128 pages (4-8-year olds).
  • McMullan, K. 2005. Dinosaur Hunters (Step into Reading). Random House, 48 pages (7-9 year olds).
  • Holtz, T. 2007. Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages. Random House, 432 pages (8-12-year olds).
  • DK Publishing. 2014. Dinosaur! Dorling Kindersley, 208 pages (8-13-year olds).
  • DK Publshing. 2006. First Dinosaur Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley, 128 pages (6-12-year olds).
  • Benton, M. J. 2012. The Kingfisher Dinosaur Encyclopedia: One Encylopedia, a world of prehistoric knowledge (Kingfisher Encyclopedias. Kingfisher, 160 pages (7-11-year olds).
  • Dixon, D. 2014. The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures: The Ultimate Illustrated Reference Guide To 1000 Dinosaurs And Prehistoric Creatures.. Dorling Kindersley, 512 pages (older children and adults).
  • Brusatte, S. L. 2012. Dinosaur Palaeobiology. Wiley-Blackwell, 336 pages (the best and most up-to-date student textbook).
  • Brett-Surman, M. K. and Holtz, T. R. (eds) 2012. The Complete Dinosaur, 2nd edition. Indiana University Press, 1128 pages (it is what is says it is; the most complete, professional reference, with chapters on history, habits, behaviour, and diversity of dinosaurs).

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