Classification and Diversity


  • Dinosaur Discoveries: Sanajeh and Snakes | Dinosaur Train

    In this Dinosaur Train clip, Dr. Scott the Paleontologist discusses the sanajeh--an 11-foot snake that lived during the Cretaceous period--and other big snakes that lived during the age of dinosaurs.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Dinosaur Train | Archelon

    In this Dinosaur Train clip, Dr. Scott the Paleontologist discusses the Archelon, the largest known sea turtle to have lived with the dinosaurs.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Dinosaur Train | Buddy Learns About Mosasaurus

    Mr. Conductor tells the kids about the anatomy of the Mosasaurus. Although the Mosasaurus looks like a dinosaur, weighing 15 tons and reaching 50 feet long, it is actually a lizard. Explore the defining characteristics of a Mosasaurus.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Dinosaur Train | Deinosuchus

    Mr. Conductor introduces the Pteranodon kids to the giant crocodile species Deinosuchus. Deinosuchus is a carnivore who camouflages itself like a log.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Dinosaur Train | Denise Diplodocus's Long Neck

    Denise tries to extend her neck as high as she possibly can. She shows the kids how her neck is actually helpful by moving it from side to side while her body stays still.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Dinosaur Train | Meet Shoshana Shonisaurus!

    In this Dinosaur Train clip, the Pteranodon family meets Shoshana, a young aquatic reptile called a Shonisaurus. They learn that she dives for food, has a long body, and sharp, pointed teeth. 

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Dinosaur Train | Mosasaurus

    In this Dinosaur Train clip, Dr. Scott the Paleontologist discusses the Mosasaurus, a carnivorous marine lizard from the Cretaceous Period. The Mosasaurus grew up to 50 feet long and weighed up to 15 tons, making it larger than most of the dinosaurs which roamed the earth.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Dinosaur Train | Ophthalmosaurus

    Paleontologist Dr. Scott explains the prehistoric underwater species Ophthalmosaurus. Learn about the streamlined body of the Ophthalmosaurus and use this video as an outlet for students to compare this ancient sea creature with animals that they are familiar with today.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Dinosaur Train | Shonisaurus

    Dr. Scott shares information about the prehistoric marine species Shonisaurus. The Shonisaurus grew up to 70 feet long! Can you think of the largest sea creature today? Utilize this video to learn more about the Shonisaurus and make comparisons between dinosaurs and animals.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Dinosaur Train | The Kids Meet Maisie

    In this Dinosaur Train clip, the kids meet Maisie the Mosasaurus. They all compare teeth.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Shonisaurus' Features

    In this Dinosaur Train clip, Mr. Conductor discusses the Shonisaurus, a large aquatic reptile, and member of the Ichthyosaur family.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • The Biggest Dinosaurs - Dinosaur Train | PBS KIDS Lab

    This Dinosaur Train video will help children foster the skill of estimating volume based on the size of the dinosaur, and using comparative vocabulary. Tiny and Buddy sing about the biggest dinosaurs and their features.

    Este video se centra en ayudar a niños para estimar el volumen basándose en el tamaño de los dinosaurios y utilizar el vocabulario comparativo. Tiny y Buddy cantan acerca de los dinosaurios más grandes y sus características.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Sanajeh Lesson | Dinosaur Train

    In this Dinosaur Train clip, Mr. Conductor teaches the kids about the sanajeh snake, a big snake that eats other animals for food.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Sana Sanajeh | Dinosaur Train

    In this Dinosaur Train clip, the kids meet a sanajeh who turns out to be just as afraid of them as they are of her. This resource teaches students that making assumptions before meeting someone can lead to misunderstandings.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Dinosaur Discoveries: Amphibians | Dinosaur Train

    In this Dinosaur Train clip, Dr. Scott the Paleontologist explains some of the key characteristics of amphibians. This resource teaches students that amphibians live both on land and in the water, and that their life cycle goes through multiple stages.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • "That's Not a Dinosaur" Song

    In this Dinosaur Train clip, the gang sings "That's Not a Dinosaur," a song about distinguishing between dinosaurs and non-dinosaurs. This resource will teach students the characteristics of dinosaurs, and that not all creatures living in the Mesozoic Era were dinosaurs.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Dinosaur Discoveries: Volaticotherium

    In this Dinosaur Train clip, Dr. Scott the paleontologist discusses the Volaticotherium, a nocturnal, tree-dwelling mammal from the Jurassic Period.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Dinosaur Train | Vlad Volaticotherium

    In this Dinosaur Train, the gang is frightened when they hear the cries of Vlad the Volaticotherium, a nocturnal mammal from the Jurassic Period.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • A Whole Lotta Theropods!

    In this Dinosaur Train clip, King is overwhelmed by all the Theropods on the train on their way to the Theropod Convention, and Buddy and Tiny help him calm down.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Dinosaur Train | Theropod Convention

    In this Dinosaur Train clip, the gang discuss the upcoming Theropod Convention, and the diversity to be found within the Theropod suborder.

    Grades: PreK-1

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