Did you know these seven little facts about Dinosaurs?

dinosaurs2Here are some interesting facts about our mighty beast friends that you might not have known:

The Name: The name dinosaur comes from the term Dinosauria, which means terribly great lizards. But dinosaurs were not lizards, only distantly related to them, and most were not very terrible.

Dino Intelligence: One of the most intelligent dinosaurs was a small, bipedal theropod called Troodon. Troodon‘s brain was as large, compared with its body weight, as that of many modern birds and small mammals. It had excellent vision and probably hunted for mammals and other prey at night.

Millions of Years: Dinosaurs lived throughout most of the Mesozoic Era, which is divided into three periods—Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. The Triassic Period lasted from about 250 million to 200 million years ago. The Jurassic Period lasted from about 200 million to 145 million years ago, and the Cretaceous Period from about 145 million to 65 million years ago.

From Birth To Death: Scientists do not know how all dinosaurs reproduced and can only guess how long dinosaurs lived. Fossil dinosaur eggs show that at least some dinosaurs laid hard-shelled eggs, as do modern alligators. They can estimate the time it took for dinosaurs to grow to adult size; studies of the microscopic structure of dinosaur bones suggest that dinosaurs grew rapidly.

Very First Findings: Before the 1800’s, no one knew that dinosaurs had ever existed. People who found a dinosaur tooth or bone did not know what it was. However, around 1818, an English scholar, William Buckland, obtained a large lower jaw that contained a number of sharp teeth. After studying this jaw, Buckland came to the conclusion that it was unlike any fossil previously discovered. So he gave it a new name, Megalosaurus(great lizard), in 1824.

The Mysterious T-Rex: Early scientists first thought this giant meat-eater was primarily a scavenger, feeding only on the decaying bodies of dead dinosaurs. They also thought it lived a sluggish life, sleeping or basking in the sun between meals. However, scientists gradually came to believe that Tyrannosaurushad a much more dynamic lifestyle and argue that it was an active predator as well as a scavenger.

The Disappearance: There are many developed theories that explain dinosaur extinction. Two of the major theories involve 1) the collision of an asteroid with Earth and 2) large volcanic eruptions in what is now India.

Learn all about dinosaurs with World Book for Kids and Hot Topic – Dinosaurs and Early Animals.  Remember to count your minutes for Club Read!

Club Read – Explore beyond the page!

explore_beyond_the_pageThis summer, come and explore beyond the page with Hot Topic – Club Read. Discover magazines, go on a scavenger hunt or explore a database. Use these reading ideas for counting your minutes for Club Read!

Android OnePlay Game of the Month: Crayola Color Draw & Sing

Crayola AdDraw and color with music! Each splash of color causes a new musical instrument to play! Learn the names of all the instruments in the orchestra and how they sound. Works great on either a phone or tablet!

– Free Draw mode + 6 adorable pictures to color + 2 songs!
– Crayola crayons, markers, paint bucket, and animated stickers!
– Each song includes 18 possible instruments; your song sounds different every time you draw!
– Share your masterpiece via Facebook, email, and more!
– More than 50 official Crayola colors!
– A fun, creative, and educational experience for kids!

Just for Kids! Your own eReading Room

http://ebooks.lvccld.org/kidsVisit the Kids eReading Room a digital collection just for kids. Quickly find eBooks, eAudio Books and eVideos you will love! It’s safe searching for digital books just for kids.

To access from the Main Collection or your OMC App scroll down till you see the graphic Visit the digital collection for Kids (like to one pictured here). Click on it. The Kids catalog will be cached in both the browser and the app.To return to the main eMedia Catalog, please click the Main Collection link in the upper left corner.

Early Literacy iPad Apps, Info and Resources

DontLet-Disney-iPad-lgDid you know that certain technology and devices can enhance the learning experience for pre-readers?  iPads offer a multi-sensory tool for engaging a child in a creative, collaborative environment.

Touchscreen technology….

  • Allows children to hear and manipulate letter sounds for learning.
  • Engages children on a multi-sensory level.
  • Involves Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic modalities.
  • Helps to develop fine motor, language, cognitive, and social skills.
  • Promotes enjoyment of learning through interactive and collaborative play.

Visit Hot Topics – Parenting for iOS apps, books, and information resources to help you get started with using technology with your young child.