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1. Book Corner – Create a book corner with books, comics, magazines, etc. on dinosaurs. Students can visit the book corner whenever they have a spare moment.
2. Brainstorming – Students brainstorm words related to dinosaurs. Play different games with the words to practice saying them and developing their sight word vocabulary.
3. Read About Paleontology – Encourage students to brainstorm questions about paleontology and then research to find the answers.
4. Vocabulary Match – Write dinosaur words on one set of recipe cards and the corresponding meanings on another set of recipe cards. Students can then match the words with their definitions.
5. Dinosaur Journal – Students keep a dinosaur journal throughout the unit. They write and draw about things they learn from the activities they take part in. Students date their entries. The journals provide a visual representation of their learning.
6. Report Writing – Students write reports about dinosaurs. Use tiered templates to target individual student need. Want pre-made dinosaur report writing templates? CLICK on the image to check out the dinosaur resource:
7. Poetry – Students write poetry about dinosaurs. They can write acrostic poems or alliteration. Students write their poetry individually or with a partner. After the students have completed their poems, type them out and bind them together to form a class book.
8. Picture Books – Pattern a book off of the “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” book by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. Start with something like, “Stegosaurus, Stegosaurus, what do you see? I see Brontosaurus looking at me. Brontosaurus, Brontosaurus, what do you see? I see T-Rex looking at me. etc.”
9. A Day In the Life of a Dinosaur – Students use the knowledge they gain during the dinosaur unit to write a story about a day in the life of a dinosaur.
Arts Ed Ideas
10. Dinosaur Paintings – Students paint pictures of different dinosaurs. After they are finished, they mount the pictures on coloured paper and hang them up throughout the classroom. Invite other classes in to view the artwork. Place blank sheets of white paper under each painting. Students can write comments about the paintings on the papers.
11. Dioramas – Students create dinosaur dioramas in shoe boxes. Let students use whatever materials they would like to use to create their dinosaur scenes. Some students may choose to use play dough while others may use lego or cut things out of cardboard. Encourage students to use their imagination.
12. Fossils – Let students create dinosaur fossil footprints out of clay. Students research to find out what the different dinosaur footprints looked like and then choose one set to recreate.
13. Graffiti Wall – Cover a wall with butcher paper. Students draw pictures and write sentences and phrases about dinosaurs on the graffiti wall. Throughout the unit, provide students with the opportunity to add more drawings and writings to the graffiti wall.
14. Wanted Posters – Students create wanted posters for their favourite dinosaurs. They research to ensure the details on their posters are accurate.
15. Paper Mache Dinosaur Eggs – Students make paper mache dinosaur eggs. Encourage them to paint the eggs colourfully.
Phys Ed Ideas
16. Move Like a Dinosaur – Play some music and have students move like different dinosaurs to the music. Tell them to move like a Brontosaurus and then like a Triceratops, etc.
17. Dinosaur Games – During Phys Ed class, give students different gym equipment and have them create a game for everyone to play. Students think of a dinosaur name for their game and outline the rules. Encourage students to keep the rules simple so others can understand and play the game.
18. Interviews – Print the names of different dinosaurs on individual slips of paper. Divide the students into two groups. One group plays the role of the interviewer and the other group plays the role of the dinosaur. The dinosaur group takes turns drawing the name of the dinosaur. They then pair up with someone from the interviewer group. The interviewer interviews the dinosaur. Students can then trade places. After students have had the opportunity to play the role of interviewer and dinosaur, gather together as a large group and ask a few students to share their experiences.
19. Charades – Students choose a word related to dinosaurs and act it out for the rest of the class or for a small group. When someone correctly guesses the word, another student acts out a different word. Continue this process until all the students have had a turn at acting out a word.
20. Dinosaur Rock Bands – Students choose a song and a name for their band. They decide on instruments and plan movement to their chosen song.
21. Dino Dig – If you have a sand table in your classroom, hold a dino dig. Hide dinosaur bones, figurines, or other dinosaur-related items in the sand. Students then dig to find the hidden items.
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