Dinosaur Train

Dinosaur Train

Dinosaur Train sparks children's interest in life science and natural history. As they explore a variety of animals, children develop the inquiry skills and knowledge needed to help them think, talk and act like paleontologists. 

Dinosaur Train's educational goals are to:

1) Spark children’s interest in science, especially life science, natural science and paleontology.

2) Develop children's inquiry skills to help children think like scientists, by engaging in the following behaviors: asking questions, making observations, making predictions, making connections, forming hypotheses / developing possible explanations, investigating and exploring the natural world, drawing conclusions, and sharing findings with others.

3) Provide core science knowledge to enable children to explore the worlds of life science, natural science and paleontology.

4) Inspire children to visit local science and natural history museums, go on "fossil hunts," and conduct their own explorations and investigations about the natural world.

  • All Aboard the Dinosaur Train | Dinosaur Train

    Explore the concept of capacity as you help thirsty dinosaurs of all sizes get the water they need. This activity will help your students compare size and capacity and use vocabulary to describe size and capacity.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Balancing Act | Dinosaur Train

    Turn your students into human “balance scales” to compare the weights of different objects. This activity will help your class compare objects by weight, order objects by weight, and use words to describe weight, such as heavy and light.

    Grades: PreK-K,13+
  • Bridge Builder | Dinosaur Train

    Sheets of paper become pieces of wood as your students construct a bridge for a hungry dino friend. This activity will help your class use units to measure length, add two lengths to create a whole, and use words for describing length such as longer and shorter.

    Grades: PreK-K,13+
  • Classic in the Jurassic Jr. | Dinosaur Train

    This game from Dinosaur Train will help students with measuring lengths, using a balance scale, and sorting from shortest to tallest. They can use their measuring skills to build bridges, weigh food, and make sure the accommodations are just the right size for all the dinosaur athletes.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Dino-mite Patterns | Dinosaur Train

    Make patterns with letters in this Dinosaur Train activity! Identifying, creating, and completing patterns help students learn important problem solving and mathematical reasoning skills. Being able to recognize patterns is one of the foundations for algebra.

    Grades: 1-3,13+
  • Dinosaur Train: Classic in the Jurassic Jr. - Activity Plan | PBS KIDS Summer Adventure!

    It’s the Claw Stars versus the Prehistoric Predators! During this week’s adventure, children will divide into two teams and participate in a sporting event called Classic in the Jurassic, Jr. Children will prepare for the event and take part in a series of activities while learning how to measure attributes such as length, height, distance, weight and capacity. Each section of this weeklong unit is introduced by a video clip or online game that encourages students to explore concepts and skills related to the math topic measurement.
    Grades: PreK-K,13+
  • Hydration Station | Dinosaur Train

    This game from Dinosaur Train will help students with matching two different objects based on size. They can fill up egg shells with water and dump them in the right sized watering hole to give the thirsty dinosaurs a drink.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Leaf Leader | Dinosaur Train

    This game from Dinosaur Train will help students with using a pan balance to compare weights and learning comparative vocabulary. They can balance the weight of the dinosaurs on each side of the tug-o-war rope to move the leaf in the middle and give the dinosaur a snack.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Opening Ceremony | Dinosaur Train

    This game from Dinosaur Train will help students with sorting and classifying by one or two characteristics. Meet the dinosaurs competing in the Classic in the Jurassic Jr. games, and sort them by characteristics such as size, color, and what they like to eat.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Shape Scavenger Hunt | Dinosaur Train

    Hunting for hidden shapes is a good way for students to learn to recognize the characteristics, or attributes, that make each shape unique (e.g., squares have four sides, triangles have three sides, and circles are round).

    Grades: 1-3,13+
  • Stomp Your Feet! | Dinosaur Train

    Buddy and Daphne compare the ways in which they are similar and different. This Dinosaur Train video will foster the skill of sorting and classifying by one or two characteristics.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Thirsty Dinosaurs! | Dinosaur Train

    In this activity, your child will explore the concept of capacity while helping dinosaurs of different sizes get just the right amount of water that they need.
    Grades: PreK-K